Empire reports that Bruce Lee’s actual screenplay for The Silent Flute will be made into a movie with a planned production starting sometime in 2013. According to Empire, the film will be “a $25 million action fantasy, including a significant martial arts component, set in a post-apocalyptic future in which a seeker embarks on a hero’s journey to a city which may have survived the apocalypse.” Despite its “post-apocalyptic” twist, Lee’s vision and intentions are expected to be kept in tact, due to the full support of the Bruce Lee estate. The Silent Flute is being produced by Allan Hatcher.
Here’s Lee’s preface from his original script: The story illustrates a great difference between Oriental and Western thinking. This average Westerner would be intrigued by someone’s ability to catch flies with chopsticks, and would probably say that has nothing to do with how good he is in combat. But the Oriental would realize that a man who has attained such complete mastery of an art reveals his presence of mind in every action… True mastery transcends any particular art.
The idea of The Silent Flute was originally conceived by Bruce Lee, James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant in 1969; it was also to be Lee’s first Hollywood production. The project was ultimately scrapped and Lee’s Hollywood debut became Enter the Dragon. 4 years after Lee’s death, Silliphant brought The Silent Flute back from the dead in the form of 1978′s Circle of Iron (see trailer), with David Carradine filling in for Lee. Due to drastic story changes and the obvious absence of its intended star, Circle of Iron’s critical reception was mostly lukewarm; however, the film does hold a cult status amongst movie fans around the world.
Update: The Silent Flute will be restored and produced at China’s National Animation Industry Park, the world’s largest virtual studio, once phase one of construction is completed in April 2013. -thanks to Tianzi for the tip