Andrew Dominik to Pen Justin Lin’s 3D SHAOLIN TEMPLE Remake

     August 22, 2014


A pretty exciting China-backed project is taking shape.  It was announced earlier this year that Fast Five director Justin Lin had signed on to helm a $100 million 3D Shaolin Temple remake, and now Deadline reports that The Assassination of Jesse James and Killing Them Soflty writer/director Andrew Dominik will be writing the screenplay.  The original 1982 film was Jet Li’s big screen debut and took place during the period between the Sui and Tang Dynasties, revolving around the son of a murdered Tang emperor who trains himself up to enact revenge on the perpetrator.  Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures are producing the project, which Lin intends to direct next after he completes the new Bourne sequel.  That film hasn’t even started production yet, so Shaolin Temple is still a few years off.

Hit the jump for more on Dominik’s involvement.

andrew-dominik-shaolin-temple-remakeWhen the Shaolin Temple remake was first announced, Lin said that they intended to hire an A-list screenwriter for the project.  While they could’ve gone the easy route and enlisted someone like Alex Kurtzman or Roberto Orci, it’s exciting that they instead enlisted the talents of Andrew Dominik, per Deadline.  This will be the first credited project on which Dominik is the screenwriter but not the director, as he wrote each of his three previous directorial features.

Dominik has been prepping the Marilyn Monroe film Blonde for a few years now and last we heard, filming was looking to get underway later this year with Jessica Chastain in the lead.  Further movement hasn’t been announced, but I sincerely hope the Shaolin Temple job doesn’t interfere with Blonde.  As Evan pointed out in his Chopper retrospective piece, Dominik is a truly singular talent behind the camera.

But the fact that Lin still has his Bourne film to tackle means there’s not yet a ticking clock on Shaolin Temple, so hopefully things move forward smoothly while also allowing Dominik time to devote to his own film.  The prospect of him teaming up with Lin on a kung fu epic is indeed highly exciting, though.  Watch the trailer for the original film below.


Around The Web

Latest News

JURASSIC WORLD: New Featurette Welcomes You to the Park with Tons of New Footage

"To see 'Jurassic World' come to life is like seeing 'Jurassic Park' come true."

Cary Fukunaga Will Not Direct Stephen King’s IT for New Line

Reasons ranging from the poor box office take of 'Poltergeist' to plain old budget cuts have been cited.

3 New ANT-MAN Images Size up Paul Rudd, Michael Doulgas, and Evangeline Lilly

Marvel’s next film is less than two months away.

9 Movies You Forgot Were Scored by Hans Zimmer

One of the best composers of our time has a resume that's both extensive and versatile, ranging from 'Cool Runnings' to 'Mission: Impossible 2'.

FANTASTIC FOUR International Trailer Brings New Footage; Josh Trank Denies Reshoot Rumors

The director takes to social media to debunk troubled word on the upcoming blockbuster.

More THE MARTIAN Images Feature Matt Damon Surviving Ridley Scott’s Red Planet

The upcoming film also stars Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Daniels.

DHEEPAN Review | Cannes 2015

Jacques Audiard's latest film won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Bad Weekend: The Last 10 Memorial Day Movies, Ranked

It turns out most Memorial Day movies aren’t very good.

AMY Review | Cannes 2015

Asif Kapadia's ('Senna') documentary is a biography of sorts, but also an incredible tribute to her as an artist.

Cannes 2015 Winners: Rooney Mara Best Actress, DHEEPAN the Palme d’Or, More

This year's Cannes jury includes Guillermo del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Sienna Miller, and is headed up by Joel and Ethan Coen. What were their favorites of the fest?

Page 1 of 3,96312345...102030...Last »