Pass The Popcorn: RZA To Direct 'Genghis Khan' + 'No Man's Land'
With the RZA‘s directorial debut Man With The Iron Fists (you may have heard us mention it one or six times) punching the eyeball out a theater near you this Friday, November 2nd, the Abbot has already announced his next two film projects. First and foremost, he has signed on to direct the historical action flick meets biopic Genghis Khan, written and executive produced by John Milius (for non-movie nerds, that is the dude who wrote the lines “Go ahead, make my day” and “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” for Dirty Harry and Apocalypse Now, respectively). The Hollywood Reporter sums up the premise of the movie–which has apparently been on the shelf for years until the Wu-master stepped in to RZA-rect it–like this:
Khan, one of the great military figures in world history, is the ruler who united the Mongol tribes and conquered great parts of Asia and Eastern Europe in the early 13th century. The story will be told from the point of view of Khan’s son and grandson.
Shooting should begin next year in China. Meanwhile, RZA has also attached his 3 letters to No Man’s Land. Here’s what we know about that one:
No Man’s Land is being produced by Bill Mechanic and his Pandemonium production banner as well asReginald Hudlin, a producer on Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. The script, by Trey Ellis and David Klass, centers on a man who steals a powerful criminal’s diamond that soon proves to be far more valuable than initially thought. With the help of a dancer, he attempts to stay alive and cash in on the jewel. The story takes place during one night and has been described as having echoes of The Warriors.
If two films a year is going to be the template going forward, we might have to change the epithet RZA-rector to RZA, director.
spotted at HR