Shannon Lee, daughter of the world-famous martial arts star Bruce Lee, has announced that there will be a new biopic made about her father’s life, writings, movie career and philosophies. The biopic project about Bruce Lee will be reportedly produced by Bruce Lee Entertainment, working in collaboration with Janet Yang, executive producer of The Joy Luck Club, and Lawrence Grey, co-producer of Hope Springs.
Though Bruce Lee was only 32 years old when he passed away in 1973 of acute swelling of the brain, his philosophies of life, mastery of martial arts and many iconic movie roles made him one of the most famous and controversial martial artists of all time. Bruce Lee even invented his own style of martial arts, Jeet Kune Do, which means “Way of intercepting fist,” in Catonese, and he wrote about it in extensive notes which were later compiled into the books Jeet Kune Do, Tao of Jeet Kune Do and others by his wife and students.
The many action-packed and memorable martial arts movies that Bruce Lee, whose birth name was Lee Jun Fan, starred in include Fist of Fury, Game of Death and his three “dragon” films, Way of the Dragon, one of his most popular movies, Enter the Dragon and Return of the Dragon. Bruce Lee also starred as Green Hornet’s martial artist chauffeur, Kato in The Green Hornet television series that ran from 1966-1967.
Way of the Dragon also starred Chuck Norris, who had studied under Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris had a famous cinematic fight in a coliseum in the movie Return of the Dragon. NBA basketball star, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was another student of Bruce Lee, and he was the final opponent that Lee faced in Game of Death.
According to a statement that Shannon Lee released, the movie will go into greater depth than past biopics, like Dragon:The Bruce Lee Story (1993), based on a book written by Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell. Bruce Lee was very serious about the martial art of Jeet Kune Do, and his intensity and devotion to it and his love for his family will be two of the subjects that the biopic focuses on, besides his cinematic career.
There has not yet been any news as to who will be chosen to direct the Bruce Lee biopic or who will star in it, but Shannon Lee said her whole family is behind the production. She stated that past projects about the life of her father, Bruce Lee, “haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling.” She added that she wants the biopic to not only be about the martial arts skills of her dad, Bruce Lee, but also to include “the depth of his character and beliefs.”
The upcoming Bruce Lee biopic will reportedly also be about the rise of Lee from having been a street brawling student of the martial arts to becoming one of the most recognizable and famous martial artists and movie stars of all time, and to becoming a teacher of Jeet Kune Do. There are sure to be many scenes of Lee in action, demonstrating his martial art skills in the biopic, as well as scenes from his movies.
The Bruce Lee biopic that Lee’s daughter, Shannon, has in the works will introduce a new generation to the life and movies of Bruce Lee. It will likely spark controversy in its own right, especially if the biopic gets into some of the theories that have arisen about Lee’s death at such a young age. Until the biopic is released, there are always the many movies of Lee for his fans to enjoy.
Written By Douglas Cobb