Female-Led ‘Kung Fu’ Reboot Moves From Fox to The CW, Sets New Writer

Christina M. Kim will write the pilot, with Martin Gero joining as executive producer

Last Updated: November 6, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

The reboot of “Kung Fu” that was in development at Fox last season is moving to The CW with a new writer.

The project, a new take on the 1972 series starring David Carradine, is being redeveloped at the network with “Blindspot” alum Christina M. Kim taking over as writer for “Sleepy Hollow’s” Albert Kim. “Blindspot” creator Martin Gero has also signed on as an executive producer on the drama via his Quinn’s House banner.

The reimagining centers on a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college amid a quarter-life crisis and goes on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. When she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice, all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her.

Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions — which also produced “Blindspot” — remain attached to the project as executive producers. Warner Bros. Television, where Kim, Gero and Berlanti Productions are all under overall deals, is the studio.

The original “Kung Fu,” created by Ed Spielman, ran for three seasons between 1972 and 1975 on ABC. A follow-up series, titled “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” with Carradine reprising his role, ran in syndication from 1993 to 1997.

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