RZA was on a panel before the Television Critics Association for Fox’s upcoming drama “Gang Related.” When the panel was over, I went up on stage to get some updates on RZA’s movie projects. However, I was surprised he announced one I didn’t even know about. There will be a sequel to his directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists, and RZA told me the title.
“Sting of the Scorpion,” RZA said in front of a group of reporters. “It’s Man with the Iron Fists 2: Sting of the Scorpion.”
RZA is not directing this time, but said the sequel will include some characters returning from the original.
“I just finished writing it,” RZA said. “I just wrote the new screenplay and gave it to a new director. I think it’s going to go. Some of the same characters will be back.”
Before that, RZA costarred in Brick Mansions, the American remake of the Parkour movie District B13 with the late Paul Walker.
“[Walker]’s a beautiful guy, to get a chance to meet him and work with him," RZA said. "They brought the original actor, David Belle, to do the same character. The director (Camille Delamarre) I think was new, but he seemed very focused, a lot of action and comedy mixed together.”
Although RZA is a practicing martial artist, we will not get to see him do Parkour in Brick Mansions. “No, no, no, no, no, I got guns,” RZA said.
He also recently co-starred with Thai martial arts icon Tony Jaa in Tom Yum Goong 2, which resulted in a shoulder injury that’s still bothering RZA.
“These guys do a lot for real and they put some pressure on me to do a few things for real. I have an injury that I’m still shaking off," RZA said. "Tony put a grip on me. I tried to act like I knew what I was doing and man, that thing took me out."
We’ll have more on Tom Yum Goong 2 after we take a sabbatical in the jungle.