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BH Tilt, WWE Studios Pick Up Bruce Lee Biopic, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON, For U.S. Theatrical Release
Action star and actor Philip Ng's latest, Undercover VS Undercover, is readying for market sales this year and with any luck we'll see some footage that covers a few ends. In the meantime, fans can finally expect some more movement regarding his American debut in the lead role of director George Nolfi's Bruce Lee biopic, Birth Of The Dragon, which premiered at TIFF last year.
Word via Deadline has it that WWE Studios and Blumhouse's BH Tilt banner have acquired the film North American theatrical release. Adapted for the screen by Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson from a narrative inspired by Michael Dorgan's 1980 Official Karate Article, "Bruce Lee's Toughest Fight", and action sequences stylized by Corey Yuen, Ng stars as the late film legend who, while in his heyday as an aspring teacher and film star, takes in Steve McKee - played by Billy Magnussen - as one of his students. Between Lee's brewing tension with repentant Kung Fu master Wong Jack Man, played by actor Xia Yu, and McKee's tale of forbidden romance with a young woman, the film reportedly merges both stories which will set up the big fight finale in a private match that still garners controversy to this day.
Much to the chagrin of some, the same could be said for the film which took the brunt of heavy criticism from vociferous fans and moviegoers, including none other than Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee. A trailer has already since gone viral so fans can judge for themselves while the film finally has landed some distribution with a release date all but pending.
The Champ Is Here!
This past week was cause for celebration amongst action fans. After an eight-year long wait, everyone's favorite Russian prison fighter has returned to the ring in Boyka: Undisputed. The reason for the long wait has been well documented (rampant piracy) and if fans don't support this film, we may never see Boyka again. To all the fans who supported this film by buying it on disc, you are awesome people and we appreciate you for fighting the good fight. But our work as fans doesn't end there, the war must be fought on a new front; we need to make this a hit on Netflix! A Genre Against the Ropes?
It's no secret that the career of Scott Adkins (and by extension, the entire DTV Action genre) has been undercut by internet piracy. It's lead to lower budgets, tighter schedules and has prevented the hard working filmmakers and action stars from gaining any ground in their careers. These are people making some of the best pure action movies in the A…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…