The CW has put into development a reboot of classic martial arts drama “Kung Fu,” this time with a female lead, which would mark the second time the series is being redone. The original “Kung Fu,” starring David Carradine, ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975, with the first revival, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,” also featuring Carradine, airing in first-run syndication from 1993 to 1997.
The one-hour series, which was previously set up at Fox with a put pilot order, has Christina M. Kim now attached to write and executive produce and Martin Gero attached to executive produce. As before, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of Berlanti Productions remain onboard as executive producers. Gero’s Quinn House and Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television, where both are set up under overall deals.
The logline: In the new take on the series, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But 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. It is inspired by the original series created by Ed Spielman.