Director Ang Lee is set to direct his son, Mason Lee, in a Bruce Lee biopic. The news was announced by Deadline with the outline noting Lee will portray in Bruce Lee for Sony’s 3000 Pictures. The script is currently being written by Dan Futterman (Capote). Futterman takes over screenwriting duties from Jean Castelli, Alex Law and Mabel Cheung and Wells Tower who have all worked on previous iterations of the script.
The movie is being produced by Lawrence Grey, Shannon Lee, Ang Lee, Ben Everard and Brian Bell. While Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are set to oversee the project for Sony’s 3000 Pictures.
“Accepted as neither fully American nor fully Chinese, Bruce Lee was a bridge between East and West who introduced Chinese Kung Fu to the world, a scientist of combat and an iconic performing artist who revolutionized both the martial arts and action cinema. I feel compelled to tell the story of this brilliant, unique human being who yearned for belonging, possessed tremendous power in a 135-pound frame, and who, through tireless hard work, made impossible dreams into reality.”Ang Lee in a statement to Deadline
Lee is said to have been working towards directing Bruce Lee for quite some time, reportedly having worked with his son to prepare him for the role, too. Mason is said to have been training for the part for the past three years in Asia. The young actor has appeared in The Hangover Part II, his father’s film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Who Killed Cock Robin?
“Bruce Lee is a longtime passion project for Ang and a deeply emotional story depicting the triumphs and conflicts of one of the foremost real-life action heroes of our time. All of us at Sony and 3000 Pictures are proud to help Ang and his filmmaking team create what we believe will be an extraordinary theatrical event.”Elizabeth Gabler in a statement to Deadline
As of now, Bruce Lee does not yet have a release date.