Back in 2005, I was at a party that was thrown for the premiere of "Masters Of Horror," and Ray Park was one of the guests. We talked about what was already at that point a longtime dream for him, playing Danny Rand, also known as the Immortal Iron Fist. He was first attached to the film back in 2001.
Will he finally end up playing the character? If I was a betting man, I'd wager it will not happen with him in the role. I just can't imagine Marvel Studios taking a chance on the film with him in the lead role at this point, and for a while now, it's seemed like a longshot that there would be a film at all.
Today, word broke that Marvel has hired Rich Wilkes to write the latest attempt at nailing down a film version of "The Immortal Iron Fist." Wilkes was the writer who created "xXx," and whatever you thought of the final film, the script was fun and the action in it was great on the page.
So who or what is Iron Fist? He's gone through a lot of different writers over the years, with a lot of changes to his basic character. He's a martial arts expert, trained in another dimension, who mastered the greatest skill of all, the Iron Fist, which gives his already-considerable physical power a supernatural boost.