Rick Famiyuwa isn't new to Hollywood, landing his feature directorial debut in 1999 with The Wood. Now, after a series of romantic dramedys and 2015's indie darling Dope, he is getting into the comic book world.
Previously attached to DC's The Flash movie (he left over creative differences), Famiyuwa is in talks to direct the upcoming "teen martial arts" feature Son of Shaolin for Columbia Pictures. Son of Shaolin is a soon-to-be-published graphic novel written by Jay Longino, with art by Caanan White.
The official description, according to SuperheroHype.com: "Son of Shaolin offers a kung-fu epic set in the back alleys and subway tunnels of Harlem, New York. Kyrie, an aspiring street artist who is struggling to make ends meet, learns that he is the last living descendant of a secret sect of ancient Shaolin elders. Confused and unsure of where to turn, he finds a father figure in the mysterious Master Fong. Fong trains Kyrie in martial arts in anticipation of an attack from Red Fist, a relentless killer who has already murdered the rest of Kyrie’s bloodline."
Longino will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which is also being produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Dany and Hiram Garcia, through their Seven Bucks Entertainment company. The Rock is also expected to be involved onscreen somehow.
Son of Shaolin, the graphic novel, will be available September 20.