||[Jul. 5th, 2008|12:15 pm]
Eli Roth Fans
Eli Roth and RZA Teaming for The Man with the Iron Fist|
July 4, 2008 | Alex Billington
An interesting tidbit of news was unearthed today surrounding Wu-Tang Clan's The RZA and Eli Roth over on SlashFilm. In an interview on Billboard, The RZA said that he has "developed a martial arts film with Hollywood pal Eli Roth called The Man with the Iron Fist." He also mentions that the project has "the blessing" of his teacher Quentin Tarantino. Roth is an outspoken fan of chopsocky and The RZA worked closely with Tarantino on the Kill Bill soundtracks as well as provided the score for the "Afro Samurai" anime series, so we know this is somewhat of a passion project for both of them. As for what exactly it might involve, who knows? Either way, the prospect of Roth, RZA, and Tarantino working together to create a martial arts film sounds incredibly awesome no matter how you look at it!
I'm amazed that this hasn't really been mentioned, but it sounds like a project in the very early development stages. Although RZA didn't reveal very much, I'm certainly interested just for the badass factor. Ever since Tarantino and Rodriguez opened my eyes with Grindhouse, I've become a fan of all sorts of grindhouse fare, from chopsocky to motorcycle flicks like Hell Ride to old school exploitation films. And The Man with the Iron Fist definitely sounds like something in that same vein - so bring it on! The RZA also recently partnered with Hans Zimmer for the Babylon A.D. score - another awesome collaboration. We'll start some further investigation into this project further and update it once we hear anything from Roth, RZA, or Tarantino.