Source: The Studio Exec
The news came following what was seen by many as a disappointing business on the 2013 Oldboy remake starring Josh Brolin of last year. Spike cordially told the Studio Exec:
I’ve had a taste of Far East cinematic cuisine and just like the actual cuisine of the Far East, it has left me hungry for more. I began to get a real grasp of the action dynamics and this time I will be going full out.
The new Enter the Dragon will star Ken Yeong of The Hangover ‘fame’ in the role made famous by Bruce Lee, Lee, a martial artist who agrees to participate in a tournament the better to spy on the doings of an evil crime lord. Billy Bob Thornton will play Roper, the American who aids Lee, a role originally played by cult movie legend John Saxon in the 1973 original.
In his usual laid back style, Spike Lee confided in Studio Exec:
The idea originally came from Bob Weinstein. He said ‘Your name is Lee. And Bruce Lee’s name is Lee! It’s meant to be.’ I was bowled over. I said, ‘Bob, the way you put things together is visionary.’ Also everyone agreed that my Oldboy was so much better than Chan-wook Park’s frankly infantile effort and it occurred to me that although Enter the Dragon has this cult status, it isn’t really a very good film and it has almost no comedy routines. Ken Yeong will change that and I’ll direct the hell of it.