Re: Fred Weintraub Talked About Kung Fu

April 17 2017 at 3:11 AM
JACKY  (Login drunkenfist)

Response to Fred Weintraub Talked About Kung Fu

JKD54: "It seems more clear now that Kung Fu was never called The Warrior. Nobody at Warner Bros. ever called it The Warrior. Not Fred Weintraub, not Paul Heller, not Tom Kuhn, and not Ted Ashley, and certainly not Ed Spielman or Howard Friedlander, who wrote the script. The only person who called it The Warrior was Bruce Lee, as he used this title when talking about it to the Hong Kong Press and friends to whom he wrote. When Bruce called it The Warrior, Warner Bros. understood what he meant, but they themselves never used that title."

JACKY: No need to keep repeating that like old grandma. It has been explained in LJF's post about the interconnections between the 2 titles.

JKD54: "Another thing that becomes clear: Fred Weintraub was discussing the idea of Kung Fu with Bruce Lee from an early stage, when Fred was still trying to convince the higher ups at Warner Bros. to make the script by Spielman/Friedlander into a feature film, or at least as a made-for-TV movie. Maybe that's why Bruce thought he was "creating" a new TV series, because he was in on it from almost the beginning with Fred. Bruce was simply exaggerating his own importance and input into the project. Happens all the time with people who have big egos. Just like he told Pierre Berton that he didn't think 'The Warrior' would go ahead (i.e. without him) even though by December 1971, Kung Fu was already in pre-production and going ahead without him."

JACKY: No doubt about Fred talked to and recommended Lee to the planned TV series. Lee was definitely given the false impression that he was considered for the role right from the start. He wasn't exaggerating since Fred was serious and got him even to meet Tom Kuhn and Warner's Chairman Ted Ashley also sat in for the duscussions. David Carradine never sat in for many discussions like Lee did. Lee likely had not met Spielman in the discussion as you've claimed earlier. This is likely the reason Lee got the impression that the script wasn't ready and approved which was why he was called in for duscussions. So, he discussed with Warner some ideas he created and Warner later got the script writer to incorporate them into the series. Bruce might had big ego but he was telling the truth to Pierre Bertin after he received telegram he was being rejected 2 days earlier. He didn't lie he got the role or whatsover. This talkshow was going to telecast in Canada, the audiences might include Americans. So, Lee was definitely cautious and frank to give his views from what he knew and experienced. The same goes to Lee's idea was in favor of the western setting but both Warner and Paramount ironically thought it was out. Warner eventually used the western setting.

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  • Re: Fred Weintraub Talked About Kung Fu - JKD54 on Apr 17, 2017, 4:39 PM
  • Bruce: Western Setting! Warner + Paramount: No! It's Out! - Shaolinguy on Apr 17, 2017, 5:39 PM
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