Universal Pictures has been developing an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu for several years, although we haven't heard anything about the project since October 2011 when Bill Paxton was attached to direct. The filmmaker is no longer involved, with Universal and Legendary still moving forward in search of a new director.
John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) wrote the original draft for this Kung Fu movie, although other writers have worked on the script since then, including Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) and Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist).
The studios are trying to find a director before another round of rewrites are ordered, so they can restructure the project with a modern-day setting, instead of the 1800s period seen in the TV series, which starred David Carradine. The story reportedly revolves around a displaced monk who is roaming America in search of his father, facing dangerous enemies along the way. Jon Jashni, Scott Mednick, Thomas Tull and Vincent Newman producing.
The original TV series ran for three seasons between 1972 and 1975, following Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin Monk who roams the American countryside. Martial arts legend Bruce Lee was originally set to play Caine, before the decision was made to cast David Carradine instead, which caused quite a bit of controversy.