Every once in a while you come across a piece of movie news that leaves you feeling a little conflicted. On one hand, the mind reels at the thought of somebody trying to replace Bruce Lee in a remake of the legendary martial arts flick, Enter the Dragon. But on the other hand, I'm not about to turn down the chance to stare at Korean pop star Rain for two hours -- I mean, have you seen the abs on this guy? So lustful thoughts aside, it's about time I got to the news, isn't it? Latino Review is reporting that their sources have confirmed that the singer/actor is the front-runner to star in an update of the 1973 classic.
The original film was the first kung fu flick to be produced by a major studio, and starred Lee as a Shaolin martial artist sent undercover to a hidden island in a fight to the death. The film is infamous for being Lee's last before his untimely death at the age of 33, but was also a passion project for Lee who wanted to celebrate Chinese culture and make a kick-ass action flick. I think we can all agree that he succeeded.
It was about two years ago that Warner Independent first announced they were mounting a "noir" remake of the film with The Shield's executive producer, Kurt Sutter, making his directorial debut. According to earlier reports, Sutter's Awaken the Dragon would focus on an FBI agent who is hot on the trail of a "rogue Shaolin monk" in the world of underground martial arts fight clubs. According to Latino's sources, Rain would be playing the monk, but there was no word on who WB might be considering as the FBI agent.
Granted, I'm sure Rain has had plenty of fight training for his role in James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin, and judging by what we've seen so far, the guy has been getting the full 'Matrix treatment' when it comes to his training. According to Latino Review, it was only after WB execs got a look at what Rain could do that they put him at the top of the list for their Dragon remake. Even though the film is more of a 're-imagining' than a remake, there is still one very big difference between Rain and Bruce Lee: Lee was a martial arts master and an actor, whereas Rain is a pop star with a little bit of fight training -- not exactly the same thing, is it?
So what do you think, could Rain pull this off, or is messing with a classic like Enter the Dragon a recipe for failure? Sound off below...