RZA Gets Green Light On Directorial Debut, Studies Tarantino

posted January 06, 2010 11:01:00 AM CST | 19 comments

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Wu-Tang Clan Abbott the RZA shed some new light on his directorial debut, the Kung-Fu flick, The Man With The Iron Fist. The movie, written and to be directed by Robert Diggs and produced by Eli Roth (Hostel), which sees the musical mastermind utilize his vast creativity for the silver screen has secured financially backing, but it is unclear as to when production will actually commence.

The Staten Island native has garnered strong support for his entrance into the world of directing having studied under Quentin Tarantino. The duo, which shares a mutual respect for martial art movies and cinematography, established a strong working relationship after RZA was asked by the prolific director to craft the scores for his Kill Bill movies.

As a self-professed disciple of Tarantino, RZA spent countless hours on set watching the director of such cult classics as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and last years box office smash, Inglourious Basterds at work and ensured he too paid close attention to details which according to those close to him will only enhance The Man With the Iron Fist.

Eager to impress his ‘teacher’ with the script, RZA was given some welcomed advice after securing Tarantino’s blessing. He said “You are ready, just don't start too much up here,'" RZA explained in the interview. "That meant, don't let my budget exceed $10 million. Don't start like that, yo! You start like that; expectation is going to be so high, you may never come again. That's great advice."

It is unclear if RZA, who has appeared in movies such as American Gangster the upcoming Due Date, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips, will be taking a leading role in The Man With the Iron Fist.

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