The family of Bruce Lee has announced a new biopic about the legendary martial artist and actor. Lee’s daughter Shannon and her company Bruce Lee Entertainment have teamed with producers Lawrence Grey (Hope Springs, Last Vegas) and Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt) for what they say will be “a definitive biopic of the iconic Hollywood and Chinese star.”
The film will be the first biopic to involve Lee’s family. “There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” Shannon said in a statement. “They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing, like-minded partners to work with.”
Lee, who died at the age of 32 in 1973 just days before the release of his iconic Enter the Dragon, is largely credited with inspiring Western interest in martial arts. He rose to international acclaim in films like Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, and Enter the Dragon, as well as his unfinished masterpiece Game of Death. The actor also originated the live-action role of Kato on The Green Hornet, and created the martial arts style and philosophy of Jeet Kune Do.
“Many don’t know that Bruce Lee was also a prolific writer and a creator of his own unique art and philosophy,” Shannon added. “That’s what we want to show — not just his kick-ass physicality, but the depth of his character and beliefs.”