Monday, August 13, 2007

Warners to remake 'Enter the Dragon'

Oh how the fanbase will be jumping for joy to hear this - NOT.

Warner Brothers is going to remake Enter the Dragon.

Yeah. Sure. Talk about a no-win situation.

The reaction from Bruce Lee fans and the wider audience for martial arts cinema is likely to be less than warm and embracing.

It's a bit like saying you're going to "update" the Mona Lisa, rebuild the Great Wall of China using "good, sturdy modern materials and engineering," or put a properly reliable Japanese engine in a Ferrari. It doesn't matter if it IS somehow better, updated or even just plain remade.

Why mess with an original?

Bruce Lee wasn't the best actor in history. He wasn't even the best in martial arts cinema. His films weren't paragons of plotline, uber-alles actioneers or even particularly skillfully-made.

But they broke boundaries, set at least one major trend, and established, for the first time in the eyes of Hollywood audiences, an Asian man in a leading role.

You can't repeat the first ever conquering of Everest. You can't be the first man to walk on the moon, again.

And you can't Enter the Dragon Again.

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