The flick follows a black amateur martial arts student named “Leroy” throughout New York City to become the greatest fighter alive
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackson will portray the role of “Sho’nuff” known as the “Shogun of Harlem” and for his cocky catchphrases like “Am I the baddest mofo lowdown around this town?”
“I’m a huge fan of the original,” Jackson told the Hollywood Reporter. “And I look forward to bringing Sho’Nuff into the 21st century.”
Kerry Gordy – whose father, the late founder of Motown, Berry Gordy, produced the original – will take on his same role in the remake.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Kerry Gordy as he continues his father’s legacy,” Columbia president Doug Belgrad said. “[He] will capture everything that people love about the original while also bringing a fresh edge to the remake.”
Also helping out with the project as a co-producer will be Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA and Dallas Jackson who will be responsible for writing the screenplay. RZA has worked with Jackson before, composing the score for his animated series “Afro Samurai.”
No word on who will be directing or playing the lead role of Leroy as of press time
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