Marvel Studios Hires Screenwriter Rich Wilkes to Pen IRON FIST

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Marvel Studios is moving forward with a film adaptation of the superhero Iron Fist.  According to Deadline, Marvel has tapped screenwriter Rich Wilkes (xXx) to pen a live-action feature film based on the comic book character who can channel his chi to the point where it gives him superpowers and enhances his martial arts abilities.  This will be the second Marvel property set up at Disney after the studio shelled out $4 billion for the company’s thousands of available characters.  The first is Dr. Strange, which is currently being written by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan).

Hit the jump for more on Iron Fist and be sure to sound off in the comments about who you would cast in the role.

iron_fist_comic_book_image_01Created in 1974 by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist (real name: Daniel Thomas Rand-K’ai), received his powers by:

Plunging his fists into the molten heart of the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying infused the dragon’s superhuman energy into Rand; this along with training by Lei Kung the Thunderer gave Rand the power of the Iron Fist, allowing him to summon and focus his chi (or natural energy) and enhance his natural abilities to extraordinary levels. His strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes and senses can all be astronomically intensified, making his already formidable martial arts skills even more so.

The ultimate expression of this focus is the ability to concentrate his body’s natural energies into his hand, manifesting as a supernatural glow around his clenched fist, making his fist “like unto a thing of iron.” So concentrated, this “iron fist” can smash into its target with superhuman hardness and impact, while his hand becomes impervious to pain and injury. However, the feat of summoning the power required leaves Rand physically and mentally drained, unable to repeat the act for a time, as long as even an entire day in certain instances. Such an ability is described as “quasi-mystical”.

Wikipedia adds that “Even without the Iron Fist, Rand is a master of all of K’un Lun’s martial arts and many of Earth’s, making him easily one of the most skilled practitioners of unarmed combat in the Marvel Universe.”

And thanks to Deadline, I learned that Marvel tried making an Iron Fist movie almost a decade ago as a star vehicle for Darth Maul himself, Ray Park.  It will be interesting to see if Marvel still wants a martial artist as their lead or will go with an affordable name actor who will learn the strenuous martial arts skills required for the role.  Sound off in the comments about who you would cast as Iron Fist.




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  • David Savage

    ‘Scott Adkins’ is the top guy!!!

  • Amaxia

    Ray Park.

  • joe kerr

    jayden smith

  • Project 86

    sure but both those guys are not good “ACTORS”

    get someone like ryan phillipe who is a martial artist himself and is a decent actor

  • joe kerr

    before you kill me im just kiddin, ray park would be fine

  • Amaxia

    sad thing is, if they really want make money they should take jayden. Otherwise: Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim…

  • Amaxia

    sad thing is, if they really want make money they should take jayden. Otherwise: Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim…

  • Amaxia

    The sad thing is, if they really want to make money they probably should take Jayden Smith. Otherwise: Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim…
    We, movie-goers, somehow deserve crap.

  • Amaxia

    …and I know Kick-Ass made money, but not Kung Fu Kid money.

  • Amaxia

    You are right. Except Phillipe has one facial expression. But a good actor in such a role would be great.

  • Amaxia

    The sad thing is, if they really want to make money they probably should take Jayden Smith. Otherwise: Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim…
    We, movie-goers, somehow deserve crap.

  • Amaxia

    …and I know Kick-Ass made money, but not Kung Fu Kid money.

  • Friendo Baggins

    Ben Foster

  • deadpooldx

    I like the idea of Ray Park but I feel he may be too old for the role now maybe a situation where he does the fighting and someone else is the character.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while. They should cast someone with acting chops and let the stunt men figure the kung-fu out. A Powerman tie in would be super tits (tits equals good)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been waiting for this for quite a while. They should cast someone with acting chops and let the stunt men figure the kung-fu out. A Powerman tie in would be super tits (tits equals good)

  • Desieslonewolf

    It seems to me that, with the way the costume is designed, it would be really easy to have a martial artist do the fight scenes and a decent actor do all the acting.

  • http://trailertracker.wordpress.com/ izikavazo

    A friend of mine is obsessed with Iron Fist. I think he’s okay, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie bombed. Good thing they’re not spending a fortune on it (well, it is a fortune, just not a huge one).

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  • Patrick Hobbs

    I think this guy should do it

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3164576/

    Guy’s name is Jordan Jones. He’s even got some sort of crazy chi ball picture like Iron Fist does on his page. Solid image, looks like an unknown Actor. Honestly though I’m all about the under-dogs getting there shot. Too many freaking stars doing the same roles over and over. Let someone new have it. What would I know though, I just like movies, lol~ :)

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