Shekhar Kapur’s most awaiting biopic on Bruce Lee is still at initial stage


Shekhar Kapur’s Bruce Lee biopic is “still very much a work in progress”, he told Screen Daily at the Macao International Film Festival and Awards. In the film festival, he said that it was fascinating to him that he gets access to meet all the Chinese actors, directors, and producers every year through this film festival on the shores of China. And also the place is honest place and the event is run by the most amazing honest people. The director of “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and “Mr. India” was supposed to start shooting in 2017 about  the authorized biopic, titled “Little Dragon”. This film is produced by producers of Bruce Lee Entertainment and Convergence Entertainment. Kapur is writing the script with the help of martial art icon’s daughter, Shannon Lee.

Bruce Lee died in 1973, at the age of 32. He had already transformed the fortunes of the martial arts genre and become a pop culture icon not only in his native Hong Kong but also all around the world. His films Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973) endure as martial arts classics.

Kapur was interested in this aspect that Lee was also a student of philosophy. The director told Screen Daily that the main reason to take this project is, as he was fascinated with Bruce Lee and “the idea that a man was the greatest expert in martial arts of all time is suddenly now being accepted as a major philosopher”.

Kapur’s projects mostly include the sets in China as he was very much interested in that place. His ambitious Indian production Paani, meanwhile, hasn’t yet taken off. He expresses his way to the publication that Asian storytelling is different from Western storytelling. “In Asia we accept the unreasonable much quicker. The mythical is part of our genetic makeup. Most of the Western philosophy is about the dominance of the individual. If you talk to Chinese, Indian, Japanese people and say, ‘I am stronger than my destiny,’ people will say, ‘you will learn.’ There is a fundamental philosophical difference.”

Kapur is bullish on Macau’s potential as a growing market for filmmaking. There is a huge desire to make something cultural, not just tourism and gambling. Everyone that whom he met seems to have a desire to breed a sense of culture here, he said. The festival is bigger [in its second year], it’s more organized, also said that he can see a lot more confidence. And real desire in filmmakers to be here.

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