Despite decades since his passing, the family of martial artist and Hollywood action hero Bruce Lee believe that no one has yet to create a film capture the “full understanding of his philosophy and artistry.”
Bruce Lee passed in 1973 at 32-years-old. His daughter, Shannon Lee, was just 4-years-old at the time. However, she has announced that finally there will be a comprehensive film revolved not only around Lee’s martial arts but also his writings and his “unique art and philosophy.”
“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry. They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. Many don’t know that Bruce Lee was also a prolific writer and a creator of his own unique art and philosophy.”
The new biopic was announced on Friday and will be the first to have the full involvement of Lee’s family. Bruce Lee Entertainment has partnered with producers Lawrence Grey, Ben Everard, and Janet Yang.
Shannon Lee said, “That’s what we want to show, not just his kick-ass physicality, but the depth of his character and beliefs.”
Producer Lawrence Grey spoke of the work ahead for the team.
“We will bring on a world class filmmaker and writer, who’ll work with Shannon and myself and then we will talk to American and foreign partners.I have long been inspired by Bruce Lee and wanted to partner with Shannon in order to really delve into the depth of the icon in a way that has never before been seen on the screen.”
Grey added, “It is really a dream project and the perfect partnership”.
Shannon Lee discussed her father’s lasting legacy.
“In hundreds of years, how many people created their own martial art, something he used to break tradition because he believed in humanity and that the world was one brotherhood,” Lee said.
“His approach to business and nutrition was revolutionary, mixing Eastern and Western philosophies. My father wrote thousands of pages of thoughts on his life. They based Dragon on a book my mom wrote in the 70s, but they didn’t work in partnership with us to create that film and it didn’t have the depth or essence of my father that it might have. There is a lot that hasn’t been told yet, and many lessons that deserve to live on.”
The biopic is set to focus on the obstacles Bruce Lee faced before becoming global icon. It will also feature how Lee developed his own martial art style known as Jeet Kune Do.
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