Andrew Dominik to pen 'Shaolin Temple' remake

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Andrew Dominik presented his film "Killing Them Softly" at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
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Andrew Dominik presented his film "Killing Them Softly" at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.

The director of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" has signed on to write a 3D remake of the famous 1982 action movie, which was Jet Li's on-screen debut.

The pairing of Andrew Dominik with a martial arts movie remake seems somewhat unlikely. Nonetheless, the Kiwi screenwriter and director behind "Chopper" (2000), "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (2007) and "Killing Them Softly" (2012) -- all hailed by critics and honored with various accolades at international film festivals -- will pen the script for a film that, at least on paper, seems to be a far cry from his usual art house milieu.

The "Shaolin Temple" remake will be directed by Justin Lin ("Fast and Furious 6") and is expected to retain the same basic plot as the original 1982 version. The cult martial arts movie starred Jet Li as the young Chieh Yuan, who undergoes kung-fu training at the Shaolin Temple after surviving a coup in which a general attempts to overthrow the Emperor Tang.

Justin Lin is currently working on the sequel to "The Bourne Legacy."

So far no production or release dates have been announced for the "Shaolin Temple" remake.

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