A great hip hop producer can put together a bunch of talented artists with unique personalities and craft a beat that brings out the best in all of them. It’s like a game of chess, played many moves in advance. Making a blockbuster movie is just like that—just add a few boards to the multi-dimensional chess game.
One such producer is making one such movie and from the trailer and attendent buzz it looks like it will indeed be a blockbuster. Or, as much of a blockbuster as an R-rated, Kung-Fu parody with a hip hop soundtrack can be. This ain’t no “Toy Story”!
“The Man with the Iron Fists,” is the directorial debut of RZA, mastermind of hip hop supergroup, The Wu-Tang Clan. Wu-Tang elevated Kung Fu movies beyond guilty pleasure, to a metaphor for social conflict and cooperation as compelling as the “gangsta” rappers found in “The Godfather” movies. The RZA, with the help of writer Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and producer Quentin Tarantino, is about to raise the cultural currency of the Kung Fu movie again, building on the innovations of Ang Lee’s brilliant “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and Jackie Chan’s hilarious “The Forbidden Kingdom”.
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