Ang Lee to direct, the director’s son will play a martial arts icon

Ang Lee, the Oscar-winning director of ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain’ will direct a film about Chinese American martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Ang Lee’s son Mason Lee stars in the film, which is in development at Sony 3000 Pictures. Dan Futterman, who wrote “Capote” and “Foxcatcher,” is adapting the script. Jean Castelli, Alex Law and Mabel Cheung and Wells Tower wrote earlier versions of the script.

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Bruce Lee, who died in 1973 at the age of 32, had a brief but lasting presence in Hollywood as an actor, director and martial arts expert. His films including ‘Fist of Fury’, ‘Enter the Dragon’ and ‘The Way of the Dragon’ as well as the TV series ‘The Green Hornet’ popularized martial arts worldwide among the late 60s and early 70s.

“Accepted as neither fully American nor fully Chinese, Bruce Lee was a bridge between East and West who introduced Chinese Gung Fu to the world, a combat scientist and iconic artist who revolutionized both martial arts and cinema action,” Ang Lee said in a statement. “I feel compelled to tell the story of this brilliant and unique human being who longed to belong, possessed tremendous power in a 135-pound frame, and who, through tireless hard work, turned impossible dreams into reality.”

Lawrence Grey, Shannon Lee, Ang Lee, Ben Everard and Brian Bell will serve as producers. Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing the project for the studio. The as-yet untitled film reunites Lee with Gabler, Paiva and Sony Pictures president Tom Rothman after working together on the 2012 Academy Award-winning adventure drama “Life of Pi.”

“’Bruce Lee’ is a long-running passion project for Ang and a deeply emotional story depicting the triumphs and strife of one of the most important real-life action heroes of our time,” said Gabler. “All of us at Sony and 3000 Pictures are proud to help Ang and his directing team create what we believe will be an extraordinary theatrical event.”

An award-winning director, Ang Lee’s films have scored at the box office as well as collecting numerous Academy Awards: including four for Life of Pi, three for Brokeback Mountain and two for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. His other credits include “Sense and Sensibility”, “Hulk”, “Lust” and “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”.

Mason Lee, who is 32, has appeared in ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ and ‘The Hangover Part II’. He recently starred in the Taiwanese romantic comedy “Stand By Me”, the Hong Kong drama “Limbo” and “Who Killed Cock Robin”.

Ang Lee is represented by CAA, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham and Slate PR. Futterman is represented by UTA and Frankfurt Kurnit attorneys. Gray Matter is represented by UTA and attorney Jamie Feldman at Lichter Grossman.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news of the upcoming Bruce Lee biopic.

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