Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur is set to co-write and direct “Little Dragon”, another Bruce Lee biopic, but this time with the stamp of approval by Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee.
Co-scripted and produced by Shannon Lee, who also runs Bruce Lee Entertainment, a division of the Bruce Lee Family Company, the feature film will follow the martial artist’s early days living in 1950s Hong Kong.
“The film will be a contemporary take on Bruce Lee who, aside from being considered the most gifted and famous martial artist of all time, is now accepted as a major philosopher in his own right,” Kapur said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“It is important that audiences today can relate their own lives to the journey of Bruce Lee, who manages to tap into his inner wisdom and harness his true destiny before it’s too late.”
The film will include Lee’s “family’s disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep hardship and the inner fire that threatens to unravel his destiny,” the producers say.
“Little Dragon” will be released as an official U.S.-China co-production, with several Chinese companies jumping onboard, including Dadi Media Group, Beijing Golden World Pictures, Shanghai Longzhilin Cultural Investment Partnership and Kirin Media.
“I always thought that a film about how my father’s life was shaped in his early years in Hong Kong would be a worthwhile story to share so we could better understand him as a human being and a warrior,” Shannon Lee said in a statement.
A worldwide search for the actor to play the handsome teenage Lee is currently underway, and the project will begin filming this summer in China and Malaysia.
Yu-San Yu, Allen Tan, Leo Zheng and Jeff Chao, along with Kapur, will serve as executive producers.
“This film is a deeply personal exploration of Bruce before his inner power and discipline forged him into the ground-breaking icon that continues to this day to inspire people throughout the world,” said Tim Kwok of Convergence Entertainment, who is onboard to co-produce.