Bruce Lee’s daughter is working on a new biopic of the action star and martial artist.
Bruce Lee is widely considered by commentators, critics, and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films.
Shannon Lee aims to make a film that captures her father’s “philosophies and artistry”, something that she claims previous biopics have lacked such as the 1993 film, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.
As The Guardian reports, Lee is developing the movie in collaboration with Bruce Lee Entertainment and producer Lawrence Grey. “There have been projects out there involving my father but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” said Shannon.
“They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material.”
Grey said of the martial arts icon: “In this age of an increasingly globalised culture, I can’t think of a more talented and innovative individual who embodies the best of east and west and who can inspire future generations.”
Filmmaker Shannon was four years old when her father died of a swelling to the brain in 1973 though Bruce proved to be a beloved figure within the film industry with over 30 credited film appearances.