Once adapted posthumously into 1978's Circle of Iron, martial arts icon Bruce Lee's final script, The Silent Flute, co-written with James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant, is now due for a more rigid production partially financed by China's National Film Capital. Produced by Allan Hatcher, with approval of Lee's estate, the film is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction, whose screenplay Lee envisioned as "an introduction to Eastern philosophy."
As he wrote in the script's preface:
The National Film Capital is putting up $25 million for the project, which sounds low initially, saying separately that in none of the films they've announced today alongside Silent Flute will they invest more than 40% of the total budget. Obviously, being a socialized funding board, they are wary of major risks.
With the small army of Bruce Lee fetishists still remaining, however, be they overweight martial arts aficionados or deceptively nerdy and obsessive fitness junkies, the film shouldn't have much trouble gaining an audience.