〉 Ratner will produce and direct the remake of the Shaw Brothers classic under his RatPac Entertainment.
Brett Ratner is set to direct the remake of the martial arts classic KING BOXER, also known as Five Fingers of Death. The film was originally released in the U.S. in 1973, and was the catalyst for the American kung fu movie craze of the ’70s.
Ratner and partner James Packer will produce the project, which is set up under their RatPac Entertainment banner. They’ll be working alongside Celestial Pictures, the Hong Kong-based company which owns the rights to the Shaw Brothers film library. Agustine Calderon will serve as the executive for RatPac, while Adam DeMello will oversee for Celestial.
The original movie, directed by Chang Ho Cheng, follows the story of a young student fighter who is sent away by his master to train with an expert. When he returns, he finds that one of his fellow students has betrayed their master. The returning student then trains and regains his strength in order to represent and honor of his master at a tournament.
There is no word on how closely the remake will follow the original, but Ratner has quite a task ahead of him considering the iconic nature of King Boxer. The film is a crucial part of the legendary Hong Kong movie empire created by the Shaw Brothers. Runje, Runme, Runde, and the youngest, Run Run Shaw, released over 1,000 films dating back to the 1950s, but they were primarily known for their martial arts titles which left a mark on both the film industry and pop culture. King Boxer stands out as one of the most significant titles of their filmography, and was even referenced in Quentin Tarantino’s kung fu opus of revenge, Kill Bill.
RatPac Entertainment’s recent credits include The Revenant, currently nominated for twelve Academy Awards, Truth starring Cate Blanchett, and last summer’s Entourage movie. RatPac’s upcoming projects include the Clint Eastwood-directed Sully, based on the story of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, with Tom Hanks in starring in the title role, and True Crime with Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg. As The Tracking Board exclusively reported back in January, Ratner is also developing a crime drama based on Goodfellas mobster Henry Hill.
Ratner is perhaps best known for directing the three installments of the action comedy blockbuster franchise Rush Hour. He is currently serving as executive producer of the TV adaptation, which is set to premiere on CBS in March.
He is repped by WME.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer