CW's KUNG FU TV Reboot Lands STAR TREK: PICARD Director

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Updated March 5, 2020: CW has hired Hanelle Culpepper to direct and co-executive produce its Kung Fu reboot pilot, according to Variety.

Culpepper is known for directing episodes of Gotham, Mayans MC, Star Trek: Discovery, and most recently the first three episodes of Star Trek: Picard.

Kung Fu stars Olivia Lang in a new version of the story of a Chinese American woman who rediscovers her roots while mastering martial arts.

No premiere date for Kung Fu has been announced.

Updated February 26, 2020: CW's Kung Fu reboot has cast Legacies actor Olivia Liang as lead character Nicky Chen, according to Deadline.

The show appears to be a total reboot, separate from the prevous iterations' focus on Kwai Chang Kaine. In the updated series, Nicky Chen is a young Chinese American woman who drops out of college to travel to a monastery in China, where she masters martial arts and uses her skills to hunt the killer of her former master.

No projected premiere date for Kung Fu has been announced.

Original Story: A Kung Fu reboot pilot is in development from Greg Berlanti for the CW, acording to The Hollywood Reporter

THR reports the Blindspot writer-showrunner team of Christina M. Kim and Martin Gero will develop the pilot along with Berlanti. A revival of the 1972-1975 David Carradine cult series that run on CBS, the potential new series will reportedly feature a Chinese-American woman in the lead role. 

Perhaps anticipating a renewed U.S. interest in martial arts with Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings due in theaters next February 12, the two properties seems to be eternally intertwined. 

Shang-Chi, Master of ... you guessed it... Kung Fu, was originally developed by Marvel Comics during the 70s Bruce Lee-fueled martial arts craze after the publisher failed to secure the license to publish a Kung Fu comic book adaptation. 

The Kung Fu pilot would reportedly compete with another Berlanti production - the Arrow spinoff Green Arrow & The Canaries - along with other pilots for a limited spot on The CW's already-crowded schedule. The network has already given straight-to-series commitments to Superman & Lois and Walker, a reboot of the Chuck Norris Texas Ranger series.

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