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Greg Berlanti-Albert Kim Drama Series 'Kung Fu' in the Works at Fox
By Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter - Oct. 9, 2018

Fox is eyeing a new hourlong drama from Greg Berlanti and Albert Kim.

The project, titled Kung Fu, has been given a put pilot commitment at the network. Kim will write and executive produce the effort — which hails from Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions — alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schecter.

Kung Fu is described as an action-driven procedural about a young Chinese-American woman who inherits her father’s kung fu studio, only to discover it’s actually a secret center dedicated to helping members of the Chinatown community who have nowhere else to turn. With the help of a former star pupil — a smart and driven ex-Marine — she vows to continue the school’s mission, and in the process discovers things she never knew about her cultural background and family’s heritage, including a connection to a legendary ancestor.

Kung Fu is the latest in a handful of TV projects focused on Asian-American stories, following the critical and box-office success of Crazy Rich Asians this summer. The movie has made more than $220 million worldwide on a reported $30 million budget.

Two other projects about and by Asian-Americans — a comedy from writer Jessica Gao and the drama 'Ohana from Lisa Takeuchi Cullen — are in development at ABC. Meanwhile, HBO recently announced it was developing the comedy KTown from Jason Kim and Greta Lee.

Kim is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Jeff Frankel. Berlanti and Schechter are repped by WME and attorney Patti Felker.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/li...at-fox-1150863

 

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Looks like this may have moved to The CW - will get the title changed

‘Kung Fu’: Olivia Liang Cast As The Lead Of the CW Reboot Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: The CW pilot Kung Fu has found its star in Legacies‘ Olivia Liang. She will headline the reimagining with a female lead of the 1970s David Carradine-starring TV series, which comes from Christina M. Kim, Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, where Kim, Gero and Berlanti Prods. are under deals.

Written by Kim and inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman, in the new Kung Fu, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Chen (Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice — all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her.

Liang joins previously cast Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan, who play her parents, as well as Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang and Eddie Liu.

Kim and Gero executive produce via Gero’s Quinn’s House Production Company, which produces in association with Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros TV. Berlanti and Schechter executive produce for Berlanti Prods.

Chang’s casting in the CW/WBTV pilot Kung Fu pilot comes on the heels of her joining the network and studio’s drama series Legacies as a recurring earlier this season. She plays Alyssa Chang on The Vampire Diaries offshoot.

Liang’s previous credits include Dating After College and guest shots on Grey’s Anatomy and One Day at a Time. She guest stars on the current second season of Hulu’s Into the Dark. Liang is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.

https://deadline.com/2020/02/kung-fu-olivia-liang-cast-the-lead-the-cw-reboot-pilot-1202868906/
 

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Kung Fu is described as an action-driven procedural about a young Chinese-American woman who inherits her father’s kung fu studio, only to discover it’s actually a secret center dedicated to helping members of the Chinatown community who have nowhere else to turn.
:rolleyes: It kinda sounds like Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu:_The_Legend_Continues

The reboot may be worth taking a look at.
 

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This series is so far from the original concept why bother call it the same name? Is there even any connection to the original or id it just a coincidence?

I’ll give it a shot. Hopefully, they honor the Asian heritage and it’s not just a karate chop suey action show and the characters are fully fleshed out and not fortune cookie wisdom spouting stereotypes.
 

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From HOTP thread:

Kung Fu reboot moves forward with series order at The CW
By James Hibberd, EW.com - May 12, 2020

It's official: Kung Fu is returning to TV in a new iteration on The CW next season.

The 1972 classic series starring David Carradine is being reimagined with Olivia Liang (Legacies) in the starring role.

The show was one of two titles the network picked up straight to series on Tuesday, the other is The Republic of Sarah, about a high schooler (Stella Baker) who attempts to form her own country.

Here's the description of the Kung Fu reboot: "A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman (Liang) to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice...all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her." Kheng Hua Tan, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, Eddie Liu, Gavin Stenhouse, Gwendoline Yeo, and Tzi Ma also star.

While here's the pitch for The Republic of Sarah: "Faced with the destruction of her town at the hands of a greedy mining company, rebellious high school teacher Sarah Cooper (Baker) utilizes an obscure cartographical loophole to declare independence. Now Sarah must lead a young group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country from scratch." Nia Holloway, Luke Mitchell, Izabella Alvarez, Hope Lauren, Ian Duff, Forrest Goodluck, Landry Bender, and Megan Follows also star.

The shows join two other new series set for next season on the network: Superman & Lois, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch, and Walker, starring Jared Padalecki. All the shows are planned for the 2020-2021 season with premiere dates very uncertain due to the industry coronavirus shutdown.

The network has also previously renewed Batwoman, Nancy Drew, All American, Black Lightning, Charmed, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, In the Dark, Legacies, Riverdale, Roswell, New Mexico and Supergirl.

The fates of the Arrow spin-off and The 100 prequel series are still unknown.

https://ew.com/tv/kung-fu-reboot-cw/
 

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‘Kung Fu’: Tony Chung Joins the CW Reboot Series

EXCLUSIVE: Tony Chung (Hours of Operation) is set as a series regular opposite Olivia Liang in Kung Fu, the CW’s reimagining with a female lead of the 1970s David Carradine-starring TV series, from Christina M. Kim, Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV.

Written by Kim and inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman, in the new Kung Fu, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen (Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice — all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin and is now targeting her.

Chung will play Dennis Soong, the beloved son of the wealthy Soong family, Althea’s fiancé Dennis is coasting on being the hot and popular guy after growing out of his nerdy high school “mathlete” persona. He’s breezed through his 20s on his effortless charm, good looks and money, making him the perfect trophy husband for Althea. Dennis is utterly besotted by Althea, and he sees only smooth sailing ahead. But clashes between their families (and a few of their own long-buried secrets) threaten to ruin their perfect engagement… and to tear them apart on their way to the altar.

In addition to Liang, Chung joins previously cast Tzi Ma, Kheng Hua Tan, Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang, Eddie Liu and Vanessa Kai.

Kim wrote the pilot episode and serves as executive producer/co-showrunner of the series with Robert Berens. Berlanti, Schechter, Gero, and David Madden also serve as executive producers. Hanelle Culpepper is directing and co-executive producing the pilot episode. Kung Fu is produced by Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Chung is repped by Innovative Artists.

 

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Ludi Lin Joins The CW’s ‘Kung Fu’ Reboot
By Dino-Ray Ramos

EXCLUSIVE: Ludi Lin is set to join The CW’s forthcoming reboot of the classic series Kung Fu.

Christina M. Kim and Roberto Berens serve as executive producers and co-showrunners of the new iteration of Kung Fu which follows Nicky (Olivia Liang) who is in a middle of a quarter-life crisis. This causes her to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents Jin (Tzi Ma) and Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad.

As a result, she will rely on her tech-savvy sister Althea (Shannon Dang) and her fiancé Dennis (Tony Chung), pre-med brother Ryan (Jon Prasida), Assistant District Attorney and ex-boyfriend Evan (Gavin Stenhouse), and new love interest Henry (Eddie Liu) as well as her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice…all while searching for the ruthless assassin Zhilan (Yvonne Chapman) who killed her Shaolin mentor Pei-Ling (Vanessa Kai) and is now targeting her.

Lin is set to play the character of Kerwin, heir to the billionaire Tan family fortune. He is described as “dashing, handsome, physically fit, and impossibly charismatic”. He puts on a suave playboy act to the world but is driven by a deep hurt and antipathy towards his father. An erotically charged partnership with Zhilan will provide Kerwin with just the path to revenge (and vindication) he has been waiting for.

Lin stars as Liu Kang in Warner Bros.’ Mortal Kombat which is set to debut on April 16. He can also be seen next in the Chinese remake of the AMC series Humans and the upcoming Chinese film Death Caller.

His credits also include the recently released civil rights drama Son of the South as well as Aquaman, Power Rangers and Summer Knight, Ghost Bride, Black Mirror and Marco Polo.

Lin is repped at ICM Partners, Echelon Talent Management, and attorney Derek Kroeger of Myman Greenspan

Ludi Lin Joins The CW’s ‘Kung Fu’ Reboot
 

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‘Power Book II: Ghost’s Bradley Gibson To Recur On ‘Kung Fu’ Reboot ; Quentin Plair Joins ‘Roswell, New Mexico’
By Dino-Ray Ramos

Bradley Gibson, who currently recurs as Everett on the Starz series Power Book II: Ghost is set to join the forthcoming reboot of Kung Fu at the CW in a recurring role.

Gibson will play the character of Joe Harper in Kung Fu. He is described as a man in his 20s who is a graphic artist and community organizer in Oakland. Joe is “funny, sexy, hip — deeply serious about his work and his activism, but equally committed to the joys of life: friendship, art, love.”

Heis a social butterfly, having a foot in many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s communities including gay San Francisco, bohemian San Francisco, the Black community of Oakland — which is where he grew up. Joe is an idealist, but he’s profoundly realistic about the many obstacles to deep, systemic change. However, he can’t keep his guard up about is love. He has an intensely romantic streak that will draw him to Nicky (Olivia Liang) brother, Ryan (Jon Prasida) They couldn’t be more different, but they find themselves drawn to each other, bonding over their shared passion for their respective communities.

Gibson was the most recent Simba in The Lion King on Broadway. He also appeared in A Bronx Tale after making his Broadway debut in Rocky. Heis set to return for the second season of the aforementioned Ghost, which is currently shooting in New York. He is repped by BRS-Gage and Steve Maihack at 44 West Entertainment.

 

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Kung Fu Reboot and The Republic of Sarah Get CW Premiere Dates

Kung Fu, starring Olivia Liang (Legacies), Tzi Ma (Wu Assassins) and Kheng Hua Tan (Marco Polo), will inherit Riverdale‘s time slot starting Wednesday, April 7th at 8/7c, where it followed by an original episode of Nancy Drew

Kung Fu follows a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen (played by Liang), who drops out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption and her own parents Jin (Tzi Ma) and Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful Triad...

 

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Kung Fu | Fight | Season Trailer | The CW


Kung Fu: Watch Legacies' Olivia Liang in the First Trailer for The CW Reboot
By Keisha Hatchett

“This is what I’m meant to do,” Olivia Liang’s Nicky Chen says in the first trailer for The CW’s action-drama Kung Fu, a reimagining of the 1972 classic starring David Carradine.

Kung Fu, which premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 8/7c, finds Liang (Legacies) starring as a Chinese American who decides to drop out of college following a quarter-life crisis. After a life-altering journey to an isolated monastery in China, she returns home to find the town rife with corruption and crime.

Chen uses her “martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice… all while searching for the assassin Zhilan (Yvonne Chapman) who killed her Shaolin mentor Pei-Ling (Vanessa Kai) and is now targeting her,” the official description reads.

In addition to Liang, the CW drama also stars Tzi Ma as Nicky’s father Jin Chen, a restaurant owner with secrets of his own that could bring down their family business; Kheng Hua Tan as Nicky’s mother Mei-Li Chen, a woman who helped her husband with his business and also holds damaging secrets; Jon Prasida as Nicky’s brother Ryan Chen, a quick-witted pre-med student; and Shannon Dang as Nicky’s tech-savvy older sister Althea Chen, who just got engaged and is focused on planning the perfect wedding for her perfect life.

The cast also includes Tony Chung as Althea’s fiancé Dennis, Gavin Stenhouse as Assistant District Attorney and Nicky’s ex-boyfriend Evan, and Eddie Liu as her new love interest Henry.

The series comes from Christina M. Kim who serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside co-showrunner Robert Berens (Supernatural). Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Martin Gero (Blindspot) and David Madden also executive-produce, and Hanelle Culpepper directed and co-executive-produced the pilot.

 

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Apparently there is no reason to use the Kung Fu name other than to get fan interest from people who were alive when that show was made.
 

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"Reboot?" If you could reboot your Mac and have it come up running MS-DOS, then maybe this is a reboot.

Reboots. Sequels. Re-imaginings. Homages. Do what you want, but use the appropriate label.
 

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‘Kung Fu’ Premiere To Air On TNT & ‘Wipeout’ To Repeat On The CW As Cross Promotion Between Corporate Siblings Continues
By Peter White

The CW, TNT and TBS are set to continue to cross promote each other’s originals – the latest example of cross promotion between the corporate sibling.

TNT will air the premiere of The CW’s Kung Fu a few days after its premiere on the youth-skewing broadcast network, while The CW will run an encore presentation of TBS’ non-scripted entertainment format Wipeout.

It comes after The CW aired an episode of TBS’ Go-Big Show and TNT ran the premiere of The CW’s Superman & Lois last month.

The premiere of martial arts drama Kung Fu, which follows a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China, will air on TNT on Sunday April 11 at 10pm. This follows its debut on The CW on April 7.

Meanwhile, The CW will rebroadcast the premiere of TBS’ reboot of physical competition format Wipeout on Friday April 2 at 8pm. This comes a day after its debut on TBS on April 1.

It marks the second promotional push for shows between the networks, which share an owner in WarnerMedia. The CW has also previously aired RuPaul’s Drag Race from its other corporate owner ViacomCBS.

“The cable siblings have realized — and vice versa — that The CW as a platform has enabled them to do great things,” The CW chairman Mark Pedowitz told Deadline earlier this year.

“That has been one of the blessings of the Covid thing, that we are all looking at the platforms together to see the value of each other, the value that we bring and the value they bring to us in terms of helping each other,” he added.

Cross-promotional opportunities are somewhat limited by The CW’s affiliate agreements, but the network is also forging deeper ties with WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, which has emerged as the current SVOD library home of new CW series. The two companies also are discussing co-financing original summer CW series to premiere on the streamer with a next-day airing on the broadcast network.

 
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