Fast and Furious franchise director Justin Lin is set to direct a big screen Chinese language remake of a film called The Shaolin Temple, and it will be in 3D. The original film came out in 1982 and starred Jet Li.
According to Deadline, the plan is to hire “an A+ list Hollywood writer to tackle the story,” and they will start production when they feel the film is completely ready.
The original story was based on Shaolin folklore and "set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor."
The whole goal of this is to make it one of China's biggest blockbusters ever. Perfect Storm Entertainment CEO Troy Craig Poon had this to say,
“The aim is to make an unprecedented Chinese-based tentpole with story, style and scope that will resonate with global audiences as well.”
Lin is a decent director. I've enjoyed his Fast and Furious films, and it will be interesting to see what he does with this. It sounds like a massive film project, and I hope he is able to deliver something awesome.
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