5:00pm PT by Bryn Elise Sandberg
Greg Berlanti-Albert Kim Drama Series 'Kung Fu' in the Works at Fox
Fox is eyeing a new hourlong drama from Greg Berlanti and Albert Kim.
The project, titled Kung Fu, has been given a put pilot commitment at the network. Kim will write and executive produce the effort — which hails from Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions — alongside Berlanti and Sarah Schecter.
Kung Fu is described as an action-driven procedural about a young Chinese-American woman who inherits her father’s kung fu studio, only to discover it’s actually a secret center dedicated to helping members of the Chinatown community who have nowhere else to turn. With the help of a former star pupil — a smart and driven ex-Marine — she vows to continue the school’s mission, and in the process discovers things she never knew about her cultural background and family’s heritage, including a connection to a legendary ancestor.
Kung Fu is the latest in a handful of TV projects focused on Asian-American stories, following the critical and box-office success of Crazy Rich Asians this summer. The movie has made more than $220 million worldwide on a reported $30 million budget.
Two other projects about and by Asian-Americans — a comedy from writer Jessica Gao and the drama 'Ohana from Lisa Takeuchi Cullen — are in development at ABC. Meanwhile, HBO recently announced it was developing the comedy KTown from Jason Kim and Greta Lee.
Kim is repped by ICM Partners and attorney Jeff Frankel. Berlanti and Schechter are repped by WME and attorney Patti Felker.