After stepping away from the director’s chair on Warner Bros.’ The Flash, Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa looks set to turn his attention to another comic book movie, with Deadline reporting that he is in negotiations to direct an adaptation of the Image graphic novel Son of Shaolin.
The contemporary kung fu story was created by writer Jay Longino, who has also penned the first draft of the screenplay and will serve as executive producer alongside Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions. Here’s the description of the graphic novel:
A kung-fu epic set in the back alleys and subway tunnels of Harlem, New York. Kyrie, an aspiring street artist who is struggling to make ends meet, learns that he is the last living descendant of a secret sect of ancient Shaolin elders. Confused and unsure of where to turn, he finds a father figure in the mysterious Master Fong. Fong trains Kyrie in martial arts in anticipation of an attack from Red Fist, a relentless killer who has already murdered the rest of Kyrie’s bloodline.