Kung Fu reboot sets female lead
US reboot will see Lucy Chang, a Buddhist monk and kung fu master, travel through 1950s America.
The latest reboot idea to emerge from Hollywood is 1970s series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine.
This time the new version to be produced by Greg Berlanti will feature a female lead.
Written by Wendy Mericle (Arrow, Everwood, Eli Stone), Kung Fu follows the adventures of Lucy Chang, a Buddhist monk and kung fu master who travels through 1950s America armed only with her spiritual training and her martial arts skills as she searches for the man who stole her child years before. When she teams with JT Cullen, a charming Korean War vet with his own secrets, the two form an unlikely alliance that allows Lucy to continue her search while also coming to the aid of people in need.
The original series ran for 63 episodes from 1972 to 1975 with Carradine as an 1880s Shaolin monk, Kwai Chang Caine, who travels the American Old West armed only with his spiritual training and his skill in martial arts in search of his half-brother.
It isn’t clear if Carradine’s character and Lucy Chang are related.
FOX has given the project a ‘put pilot’ commitment, meaning if it does not proceed to series, the network will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio.
A reboot of The Greatest American Hero was recently reported to be in the pipeline for ABC, with an Indian-American woman from Cleveland.