Kung fu films don't get much play on FEARnet, but when they are co-written and produced by Eli Roth, how could we not give it a little love? The film in question is The Man With the Iron Fists, co-written and directed by Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA (who also appears in the film). The film takes place in feudal China, where "a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small village is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers" (according to IMDB). Filming began at the end of 2010 in Shanghai with Russell Crowe, Pam Grier, and Lucy Liu.
Also starring in the flick is Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch, Sorority Row). We caught up with her on the set of her new supernatural thriller 7500 (more on that in a few months) and she filled us in on the status of Iron Fists.
"The original cut was four hours long, and RZA was like, "Let's turn it into two movies!" and Eli is like, "No...." They are really excited, and I have complete faith in RZA. He's a genius when it comes to these things and he knows the genre so well. So it has been cut down to an hour and a half. It's picture-locked, and now he's working on the music. I'm pretty excited. Everyone's pretty stoked. It will have that "cult" feel. I don't think everyone loved 36 Chambers of Shaolin or Five Deadly Venoms. It's definitely a delicacy, but it's still fun and awesome. Russell Crowe is doing some crazy things that you would never think he would do on film. I don't know the final stylized look he went for. You can only imagine what Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, and RZA could pull together. It's going to be fun. I think it might come out in August."