Shaolin Temple was the 1982 debut of kung fu sensation Jet Li, and big surprise, it’s slated to be remade. Another big shocker, it’s going to be made in 3D, and Justin Lin, helmer behind several Fast and Furious movies, will make the reboot in China, in mandarin language no less.
Lin will be directing the next Bourne film, then he’ll tackle Shaolin. As his producer continued, “The aim is to make an unprecedented Chinese-based tentpole with story, style and scope that will resonate with global audiences well.”
So could this be the next Crouching Tiger, which was released in its native language and was a big hit in the States? It would be great to see a great Asian movie come along and reinvent cinema like John Woo’s movies did back in the nineties. This remake is going to have to be more than just a 3D kung-fu film to do that, and we don’t get the impression this one could reinvent the wheel, but a true martial arts film in 3D could be enormous fun if it’s done in the right spirit.