By now, I assume most are already well aware of RZA's upcoming feature directorial debut, The Man With The Iron Fist, which stars the man himself, Russell Crowe, Pam Grier and others; Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino are producers of the project.
Principal photography ended earlier this year, but we haven't seen anything of it; no stills, no clips, no nothing. So, as of right now, I don't think anyone knows what this baby is going to look, sound and feel like. Even plot revelations have been slim, other than the official synopsis, which reads: In feudal China, a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small village is put in the position where he must defend himself and his fellow villagers.
RZA stars as the blacksmith. And we know with certainty that Pam Grier plays his mother in the film.
Movieweb talked to Pam Grier about her involvement in the film, while she was doing press for the blu-ray release of Jackie Brown (out this week), and she revealed a little more info than we've had thus far.
Specifically, she said (potentialSPOILERS ahead):
"I play RZA's mother, in the mid-1800s... My character gives up her freedom to save her son. It basically starts out his journey, to a new land. It was very, very moving. Shooting in China was extraordinary. The people were so warm and so smart... Wait until The Man with the Iron Fist comes out. RZA is a martial artist, and he's a fantastic martial artist in the film. He's excellent."
If you're still reading and weren't driven away by the spoiler warning... the obvious spoiler here is that she pretty much gives away the beginning of the film, and her character's involvement. No we don't have specific details, but we know what to expect.
Secondly, Ms Grier also talked about her memoirs (published last year) titled Foxy: My Life in Three Acts, stating that there's already a deal in place to produce a film adaptation of it, although she didn't expound on what exactly that deal is, and with whom; and she also shared her thoughts on what kind of actress she would want to play her on the big screen.
"It's not who I choose, it's what the role demands, and who is the actress can be comfortable with telling the story. Things are very, very traumatic, and not all the actresses have the depth or the confidence to play in certain scenes that demand craft. For example, when I did The L Word, and some actresses came aboard to play Jennifer Beals' love interest, on paper they said they could make love and kiss another woman, but when they got there, they couldn't. You have to really take into account the actor's ability, and often their personal life and religion and whatever they're about. It's not me choosing, it's the actress saying they can do it. That's how real casting is complete."
I should note that when she was asked about this in a previous interview with Joy Behar on her show last year, she said she'd love for Halle Berry to play her in the movie adaptation. Everybody wants Halle Berry to play them on screen. Get behind Aretha Franklin.
The Man With The Iron Fist is currently in post-production; I thought it might make its debut at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, but that festival has come and gone, and the film wasn't in it. So, when it might make its debut is anyone's guess; whether it'll head straight to theaters, or first run the festival circuit, even briefly, and then open in theaters.
IMDB still lists its release date as 2011, and that might very well still happen. Though I'm expecting an early 2012 release.
If anyone has any media on the film, don't be shy. Email me :)