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No Evidences "The Warrior" was later called "Kung Fu"

April 8 2017 at 9:14 AM
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Hi LJF, Ok, I have emptied my cup :-)

1). Taky Kimura does not say those words at 40:20, the narrator does. Of course Linda probably believes Kung Fu was Bruce's idea, not realizing that Ed Spielman and Howard Friedlander had developed the story in the 1960s. That's why Ed Spielman threatened to sue Linda in the first place. A Warrior's Journey is a production of J.L. Enterprises (John Little's company). Warner Brothers Home Video would not care too much if Linda or John Little got something wrong, not as much as Ed Spielman would anyway. They're just talking about credits. Warner Bros would only care if they showed actual clips from Kung Fu without permission.

2). " NOT TRUE. According to Linda, Bruce contributed his ideas to Warner (though never specifically mention “The Warrior”


Yes, according to Paul Heller, they had a project with the title 'Sign of the Tiger, Way of the Dragon'. That was Ed Spielman's script, not Bruce's. It was also the subtitle of the TV movie which became the pilot for the Kung Fu TV series. When Bruce was talking with Pierre Berton, we shouldn't automatically assume 'Kung Fu' is what Bruce really meant by 'The Warrior'? Bruce even says to Berton "that is why The Warrior is probably not going to be on". Yet by December 1971, Warner Bros and ABC would have already been in production of Kung Fu, since the TV movie aired February 1972. That's just one of a number of reasons why I think The Warrior is Bruce's own idea that he was hoping to get greenlit separately, and realized it wouldn't.

Why is it so hard to believe that Ed Spielman and Howard Friedlander came up with the idea for Kung Fu in New York in the 1960s, wrote the script in 1970, and then later (after the Silent Flute didn't work out) Bruce came up with a similar idea as Spielman and Friedlander? After all, TV Westerns were pretty popular in the 1960s and 1970s. People in Hollywood have similar ideas all the time. That's why they register their stories and scripts with the Writers Guild of America, so ideas don't get stolen and they know whose ideas belong to whom.

It's possible that Bruce contributed ideas to Kung Fu, just as it's also possible Bruce came up with a similar (but separate) concept on his own. These possibilities are not mutually exclusive.

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  • Re: Evidences "The Warrior" was later called "Kung Fu" - LJF on Apr 8, 2017, 10:10 AM
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