The premiere of highly anticipated reboot of martial arts drama, Kung Fu, is postponed on CW network. Check the new release dates of gender-swapped Kung Fu drama here.
It’s official! Martial arts classic cult drama Kung Fu is returning to TV with a gender reversal. But, the plans of CW releasing Kung Fu by the spring of 2021 doesn’t seem to fall in place in the wake of COVID-19. Find out the new dates.
- Kung Fu returns to TV with new iteration- contemporary story and gender-swapping
- The storyline of the gender-flipped Kung Fu reboot drama
- Kung Fu reboot delayed on CW! Check release date updates
Kung Fu returns to TV with new iteration- contemporary story and gender-swapping
CW picked up Kung Fu, the cult 1970s series, for a reboot from the team behind NBC’s ‘Blindspot’. Along with this, ‘The Republic of Sarah’, a drama that will be redeveloped from last season when it narrowly missed a series order at CBS, got green signal by the network. The makers have decided to tweak the gender of the lead this time. This time, Kung Fu will show a Chinese- American women at the centre. ‘Legacies’ actress Olivia Liang is playing the lead role in the network’s Kung Fu reboot.
Liang joins an ensemble that includes Tzi Ma, Kheng Hua Tan, Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang, and Eddie Liu. The actress currently recurs on ‘Legacies’ as troublemaker Alyssa Chang, and she has also appeared in episodes of ‘Into the Dark’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, and ‘One Day at a Time’.
Christina M. Kim, the writer of NBC’s ‘Blindspot’ is penning the plot of the martial arts drama. She is hell-bent on showing the classic tale of Ed Spielman’s drama, starring David Carradine, in a new light.
The storyline of the gender-flipped Kung Fu reboot drama
The official synopsis of Kung Fu reboots reads, “A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Shen (Olivia Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. Afterwards, she decides to return to her home town, San Fransisco. She finds her hometown is in the grip of crime and corruption and her parents (Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan) are at the mercy of a powerful triad. Nicky will rely on her tech-savvy sister (Shannon Dang), pre-med brother (Jon Prasida), assistant district attorney and ex-boyfriend (Gavin Stenhouse), the new love interest (Eddie Liu). Her martial arts skills and Shaolin values will help her to protect her community and bring criminals to justice. All this while she will be searching for the ruthless assassin (Gwendoline Yeo), who killed her Shaolin mentor. The enemy is now targeting her”.
The reboot is inspired by the original series Kung Fu, created by Ed Spielman, that hit the screens in the ’70s.
Kung Fu reboot delayed on CW! Check release date updates
Kung Fu will be part of CW’s mid-season segment, and was supposed to debut in late spring 2021. Other series in the mid-season segment include DC’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘In The Dark’, ‘Roswell New Mexico’, and ‘The Republic of Sarah’.
But, due to coronavirus lockdown, productions all over the world faced shutdown. The entertainment world is facing an unprecedented crisis. Female-led Kung Fu reboot will not hit the CW network in the mid-season segment. In all likelihood, we can expect Kung Fu to air on CW in October 2021.
Let us know your views on the female-led Kung Fu. Do you think Olivia Liang will be able to match David Carradine and live up to the legacy of Kung Fu? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.