Since his death in 1973, there have been countless “biopics” about the martial arts legend, the most recent being the still-yet-to-be released Birth of the Dragon, which focuses on Lee’s famous encounter with Wong Jack Man in the 1960’s.
Now, another film is in the works. The film, entitled Little Dragon, will revolve around Lee’s early days in the 1950’s and is set to be more of a drama and not a martial arts film in the vein of the 2010 film Bruce Lee, My Brother. Whereas the 2010 was approved by Lee’s brother Robert and sister Phoebe, the new film has been authorized by Lee’s widow Linda Lee Cadwell and daughter Shannon.
The film, which will be a U.S.-China co-production, which Shannon Lee will also serve as a producer on the film. She had this to say about the film:
“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,” said Kapur in a statement. “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 be directed by Shekhar Kapur, who directed two Oscar-nominated biopics, Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett as the British monarch.
The film is currently in pre-production with shooting scheduled to begin in China and Malaysia this summer.