Asian Blaxpoitation heroine that was inspiration for ‘Kill Bill’ protagonist revived for TV series

Cleopatra Wong, the badass Singaporean Interpol agent from the 70s Asian grindhouse scene, is back.

The Southeast Asian action hero, who was reportedly the inspiration for Uma Thurman’s character Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo, is being revived for Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bull” films. The next TV show Set in the 21st century, according to Variety.

The character, played by Singaporean actress Mary Lee (aka Doris Young) in a series of films in the late 1970s, was created by Filipino filmmaker Bobby Suarez. The name appears to be based on “Cleopatra Jones”, a 1973 American blaxploitation film.

“They Call Her…Cleopatra Wong,” the 1978 low-budget classic that introduced the character, was Digitally restored in 4K Last year by the Asian Film Archive.

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The Cleopatra Wang films achieved a distinction for clearly combining elements of the spy genre with the Asian martial arts genre.

In a 2003 interview with The Straits Times, Tarantino said that “Cleopatra Wang was a big inspiration” in some of his films.

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Independent studio The Ink Factory, which has acquired the rights to the character, is developing the new series with Singapore’s Beach House Pictures.

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“With its heart and soul set in Southeast Asia, the franchise brings a young female action hero and her friends to the screen in a way that feels fresh, confident and authentic,” said The Ink Factory co-founders Simon Cornwell and Stephen . Cornwell in a statement.

Chinese-American writer Tasha Huo (“Tomb Raider”) and Thai-British writer Chris Cornwell (“A Discovery of Witches”) will share writing duties for the new project.

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A Cleopatra Wang series from 2018 is in the plans for beach house photos. In an interview The Straits Times That year, Jocelyn Little of Beach House Pictures said that Wong “deserves a premium television series in the mold of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Jessica Jones or Orphan Black… She would be a complex woman with a personal life.”

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Ink Factory has several Asian projects in the works, including the Korean-language series “The Plotters” and the thriller “His Name is Knight.”

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