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'Kung Fu' adaptation: Bill Paxton in talks to direct

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With Black Swan scribe John McLaughlin already on board to write, the big screen adaptation of David Carradine‘s classic TV series Kung Fu could soon be one step closer to having its director. Bill Paxton’s reps confirmed to EW the reports that the Big Love actor is currently in negotiations to direct the project. Paxton’s involvement in the Legendary Pictures feature would mark his third foray into directing. (He was at the helm of the deeply disturbing, underrated chiller Frailty, as well as the golf drama The Greatest Game Ever Played.) The movie will reportedly stay true to the series, which ran from 1972-1975 on ABC, and follow the “adventures of a Shaolin monk who travels through America armed only with his spiritual training and martial arts skills.” Production on the project is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2012 and is expected to be filmed partially in China.

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