MUMBAI – Ram Gopal Varma, a film director from India, announced on Twitter that he is going to make a biopic on Bruce Lee a day after another film director Shekhar Kapur was roped in to co-write and helm Little Dragon, a feature film about the martial art icon’s early days.
Varma claimed that only he can do justice to Lee’s biopic as he knows “tremendously more about Bruce Lee than his daughter Shannon Lee, his wife Linda Lee and Shekhar Kapur”, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
“Just because of my devotional worship of Bruce Lee I am going to make his biopic and release it (at the) same time as Shekar Kapur’s authorised one,” he wrote.
Varma, however, made it clear that he had nothing against “Shekar Kapur who I admire immensely but it’s just my obsessive fascination for Bruce Lee.”
“Inspite of closeness of family and brilliance of @shekharkapur I believe only I can do justice to do his biopic (sic).”
Little Dragon is backed by Chinese investors and will explore the formative years and adventures of the martial arts legend in 1950s Hong Kong.
Veteran Hollywood casting director Mary Vernieu is currently leading a worldwide search for the actor to play Lee.
The film will be co-scripted and produced by Lee’s daughter, who runs Bruce Lee Entertainment, a division of the Bruce Lee Family Company, which is dedicated to promoting and protecting Lee’s legacy and ideas.
Kapur, who has directed award-winning films like Bandit Queen, Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, said his film will be a contemporary take on Lee’s life. — Bernama