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Maximus To Wield Liquid Swords, And Everyone Is Kung Fu Fighting

By TK Burton | Industry | September 15, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | September 15, 2010 |

There’s just too much awesome/crazy in this story to be believed.

RZA, aka Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, has been trying to get The Man With The Iron Fist made for quite some time now. No, it’s not based on Danny Rand, the Marvel Comics character, but rather it’s set in feudal China and concerns, as best as I can tell from the scattered information available, a village defending itself from marauders. RZA and the rest of the Wu Tang Clan have long had a fascination with martial arts films, and it permeates their music constantly. GZA’s Liquid Swords, one of RZA’s finest production credits, is interspersed with samples from the 1980 Shogun Assassin. He’s also fairly prolific in movie soundtracks — he did the scores and music for both Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai and Afro Samurai, among others. Dude is seriously one of the busiest people in the industry.

Now, the film is really happening. Working with a Universal-provided budget of $20 million, and with a script written by RZA and Eli Roth, RZA will be directing The Man With The Iron Fist, and he even has a lead attached:

Russell Crowe.

Yeah. The pair worked together on American Gangster, and well, Crowe could use a rebound after the dismal Robin Hood that he hopefully regrets participating in. But this? Not what I was expecting. Crowe will apparently play a blacksmith in the aforementioned village.

In an interview with E! Online, RZA had some predictably insane/hilarious things to say about it that despite said hilarity/insanity, he is dead serious about. About Crowe, he said, “I won’t spoil it for you, but Russell’s gonna be the baddest man alive…That man is in fighting shape. That man will knock you out… He’s a master of the craft (acting, not kung fu). I’m quite sure that I may learn something from him.”

I love this. I love everything about it. It’ll either be fucking brilliant, or an epically beautiful trainwreck, and either way, I’ll watch the shit out of it. To cap things off, RZA had this to say about the film itself:

“They are forced to defend themselves, and before you know it, everybody is kung-fu fighting.”

Oh God. That’s just… perfect. The film will shoot in Shanghai in December.

Just for funsies:

(source: Slashfilm)

TK Burton is an Editorial Consultant. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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