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Michael Fassbender tapped to star in crowd-sourced short turned feature film, Kung Fury

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Feb 12, 2018

The feature-length sequel to an uproariously famous crowd-funded martial arts comedy short film has landed a big X-ing star.

Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse, Alien: Covenant) will both act and serve as producer on the feature-length version of David Sandberg's kung-fu comedy short, Kung Fury.

The original project, a half-hour '80s-inspired homage, was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2014 and later premiered at 2015's Cannes Film Festival as well as online. It follows the story of Miami-Dade police detective Kung Fury in 1985, who is given kung fu abilities after being bitten by a cobra. Kung Fury is forced to take on a number of enemies, including tangling with the mysterious Red Ninja and traveling back in time to defeat Adolf Hitler -- with the help of the god Thor, of course.

David Hasselhoff, who starred in the original Kung Fury short and sang its theme song "True Survivor," will be appearing alongside Fassbender, though neither of the roles they're playing have been officially confirmed.

 

When the short first debuted, it was reported that a feature film version was in the works from IT producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. The two will be co-producing with Aaron Schmidt under their KatzSmith Productions banner. Sandberg will also be appearing in the film, and producing under his Laser Unicorns banner, along with Philip Westgren of B-Reel Films, Conor McCaughan, and executive producer Pelle Strandberg.

The Kung Fury feature is scheduled to begin filming this summer.