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Comic-Con 2012: How RZA Is Re-Inventing the Kung Fu Genre (VIDEO)

Posted: 07/17/2012 12:35 pm

What's Trending went LIVE last Thursday from Comic-Con 2012 at Nerd HQ. We caught up with musician, director, screenwriter, and Quentin Tarantino-collaborator RZA and former WWE champion Dave Bautista to chat about their upcoming film, The Man with the Iron Fists -- which Forbes has projected to be the biggest kung fu blockbuster of the year.

Bautista likened the eclectic cast of characters to a kung fu version of The Avengers. They're basically creating a new kung fu, fantasy genre with some hip-hop vibes mixed in.

RZA came up with the unique idea and drafted a 60-page story of his own, then turning it into a screenplay with the help of Eli Roth. The film is credited as RZA's directorial debut, but he's directed some indie films before. Along with RZA and Bautista, The Man with the Iron Fists packs an all-star cast, including Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, and Pam Grier.

Based on questions from some Twitter fans, RZA revealed that the soundtrack has songs from The Black Keys, Kanye West, and the Wu Tang Clan. And Batista answered the inevitable question about his possible return to the WWE. Everyone was itching to know! "I'm not against going back," he said. "It's just definitely not going to be this year."

For now, they're working hard to promote their epic film and enjoy the latest buzz at Comic-Con. "Films, to me, are supposed to be magic," RZA says. "You go to movies to escape everyday life. This is the movie that you can go to and have fun."

For more news about the movie, which hits theaters November 2, follow Dave Bautista and RZA on Twitter and Like the film's Facebook page.

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