, author: Plackhin A.

Donnie Yen will star in a movie remake of the TV series "Kung Fu"

The Chinese actor will work with director David Litch.

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The star of Hong Kong action movie "Ip Man" and the fourth "John Wick" Donnie Yen will play the lead role in the feature film, a remake of the popular 70's TV show "Kung Fu". This was announced by the press office of Universal Pictures, which was behind the filming of the series and plans to do so again. David Leetch, known for his work on two John Wick movies and two Deadpool movies, will take the director's chair. "War Dogs" (2016) screenwriter Stephen Chin will write the script.

"Donnie Yen is an incredibly talented actor and action movie legend, and I'm honored to get a true martial arts master to play the lead role in this large-scale film," Litch said in a press statement. Ian, 60, has indeed excelled in action movies, bringing MMA skills among others to such films as SPL: Sha Po Lang" (2005) and "Hot Spot" (2007),

The original "Kung Fu" series ran for three seasons from 1972 to 1975. It told the story of a Shaolin monk and martial arts master who protects the oppressed in America's old wild west. The main character was then played by David Carradine. His approval for the role is still controversial to this day.