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Marvel's Iron Fist movie gets a writer

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Thursday, August 26, 2010

News on an interesting development for a Marvel Studios project involving a secondary tier superhero emerged yesterday on Deadline. If you know your comic book roster then the name of Iron Fist should ring a bell. If he doesn't, don't worry so much about it. Like I said, Iron Fist is not a major superhero on the Marvel scene -- but then again, how many of the general public knew that Blade hunted vampires in the Marvel U. before his movie came out?

The news is that Marvel has hired screenwriter Rich Wilkes to draft a screenplay for an Iron Fist movie. Wilkes is the guy that broke into the biz by selling XxX, his take on what a modern day James Bond superspy might be like. He's also been hired by Columbia Pictures to make XxX: The Return of Xander Cage, the studio's attempt to get their stalled action franchise back to greener pastures.

Iron Fist owes his origins to the number of kung-fu/martial arts action movies from the early 1970s. His real name is Danny Rand, and he's the son of a wealthy businessman. Forsaking his easy life, Rand searches for a mystical lost city named K'un L'un and finds it, thereby also learning the ability to make his fists indestructible. He returns back to New York City, dons a goofy green and yellow mask costume and starts kicking ass.

Iron Fist got cooler when he teamed up with Luke "Power Man" Cage and the two became this 70s blacksploitation/kung-fu superhero duo. It sounds like pure fail when you haven't seen the execution of it in a comic book but amazingly both Iron Fist and Power Man work as superheroes with appeal.

Hiring Wilkes to write the script is just the first step toward getting an Iron Fist movie made. No star is attached to the project but a decade ago Ray Park (Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace) sincerely wanted to play the character if a movie were to be made. Today, Park's probably too old and not as well-known for Disney's marketing team to endorse as Iron Fist.

-Deadline.

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