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Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee developing new biopic of martial arts icon

02 March 2015

Bruce Lee’s daughter was only four years old when her father died of swelling on the brain in 1973.

Now Shannon Lee aims to make a biopic that captures the true greatness of the action icon and martial artist.

Talking to the Guardian, she expressed that the film will portray the true "philosophies and artistry" of Bruce Lee, something that she claims previous biopics have lacked explaining "There have been projects out there involving my father but they've lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry, they haven't captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material."

Shannon Lee has teamed up with Lawrence Grey, a producer of Las Vegas.

Grey said of the martial arts icon "In this age of an increasingly globalised culture, I can't think of a more talented and innovative individual who embodies the best of east and west and who can inspire future generations." Grey will be financing the development of the script before the project finds a director and actors.

The film will be made with the approval of Bruce Lee Entertainment, a company established two years ago by Lee’s estate to help being official projects to fruition.

Aside this biopic from Lee’s daughter a TV drama is in development, which has Fast & Furious director Justin Lin attached, and a reality show for the Chinese market co-produced by Keanu Reeves.

Another biopic about Bruce Lee is also in the pipeline but is being developed without the approval of Bruce Lee Entertainment. The film has been written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele (Nixon and Ali) and will use Lee’s notorious private fight with Wong Jack Man as a jumping point.