We had a wonderful dog named Kristie, whom we called “Ris” for short. This of course led to fun plays on words, the most popular of which was referring to the dog as, “the Risser.” Every time I hear the RZA’s name spoken, I think of my beloved dog. I don’t know why I felt the need to share that, but it seems as good a place to start this article as anything.
The RZA, whose MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS is released this weekend, is already at work on two new feature films, according to Deadline. I guess he’s doing the director thing full-time now.
First up, RZA will be tackling NO MAN’S LAND. This thriller involves a thief who steals a diamond belonging to a criminal, not realizing it’s more valuable than he believed. With the help of a dancer, he tries to get away with his life and a nice payday to boot.
NO MAN’S LAND is one of the first films in RZA’s partnership with filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, who will be producing. The two are also at work on an adaptation of Grant Morrison’s strange comic, HAPPY!
The script is written by Trey Ellis (THE INKWELL, THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN) and David Klass (KISS THE GIRLS, EMPEROR). Bill Mechanic is also listed as a producer.
Next up, RZA will tackle a long in-the-works film about the life of Genghis Khan, written and executive produced by John Milius.
Milius is no stranger to warfare. In addition to directing RED DAWN and CONAN THE BARBARIAN, he also wrote the screenplay to APOCALYPSE NOW, just to name a few of his amazing credits. He has long been fascinated by Genghis Khan and was once attached to direct the film himself. It sounds like the film has an epic scope, told from the point of view of both Khan’s son and grandson.
RZA has shown an interest in film way back during his days in the Wu-Tang Clan. A respected hip-hop producer, RZA made the transition to film back in the 1990s composing the score to films like GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI. Since then, he has acted in , composed the music for and produced many motion pictures.
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS marks his first film a director. He co-wrote the screenplay with Eli Roth (CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL).