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RZA set to direct a different type of “Iron Man”

on May 12, 2010, 11:45am

It looks like RZA’s little experiment making music for free just might work out.

RZA, aka Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, most recently tried working pro bono on last year’s rap-rock album, Blackroc. “We just did music,” he said, “I don’t know who got paid, who did what. I got nothing. It’s nothing for me. It’s an expression of art.”

Easy to say when Universal Pictures gives you $20 million dollars to direct your first feature film. The Man with the Iron Fist, which RZA will direct, score, and act in, will be produced with Hostel director, Eli Roth and supervised by the watchful eye of none other than Quentin Tarantino. The three all bonded during a trip to Iceland in 2005, and RZA composed music for Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies.

Roth, better known as the “Bear Jew” in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, co-wrote the movie’s screenplay and sounds confident about the film’s new direction.

“RZA went to China to shoot test footage on his own, with all the choreography,” Roth told NBC Miami. “It was very visual and I think he will bring to life a script that mixes kung fu with a spaghetti Western mindset and a hip hop influence.”

The film starts shooting in Hong Kong this September, and if it’s anything like Wu-Tang’s other kung fu flick (see video below), then tell Mr. Diggs that we’re all in.

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