Cleopatra Wong Asian Blaxploitation Heroine Revived for TV Series

Cleopatra Wong, a kick-ass Interpol agent identified to have influenced a few of Quentin Tarantino’s films, is to be revived in an upcoming Asian TV sequence.

The feminine motion hero was created by The Philippines’ Bobby Suarez (aka George Richardson) and featured in three films – “They Name Her Cleopatra Wong,” “Dynamite Johnson” and “Satan’s Angels” (aka “Imply Enterprise”) – produced within the late Seventies by BAS Movie Productions. Her identify is a reference to Blaxploitation character Cleopatra Jones, albeit melded with Bruce Lee motion and early James Bond cool. Marrie Lee (aka Doris Younger) starred in all three films.

‘Dynamite Johnson’ poster courtesy of Everett Assortment.

Tarantino has stated that Wong was an inspiration for Uma Thurman’s central character in his “Kill Invoice” films. The “They Name Her…” title was additionally used for a succession of unrelated exploitation movies within the U.S., Europe and The Philippines.

Wong is now being revived by London and Los Angeles-based unbiased studio The Ink Manufacturing facility (“The Evening Supervisor”) which has acquired the Cleopatra Wong rights and has teamed up with Singapore-based Seashore Home Photos to provide. Fifth Season will deal with worldwide rights gross sales.

The motion shall be moved to the twenty first century and the sequence be co-written by Chinese language-American author Tasha Huo (Crimson Sonja, “Tomb Raider” 2023) and Thai-British author Chris Cornwell (“A Discovery of Witches,” “Strike Again”).

“With its coronary heart and its soul in Southeast Asia, the franchise brings a younger feminine motion hero and her companions to the display screen in a means that may really feel contemporary, assured, and genuine,” stated Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell, co-founders and co-CEOs of The Ink Manufacturing facility. “We’re extremely proud to be serving to give Cleopatra her voice in as we speak’s world, creating one thing that shall be true to the roots of the franchise, retaining each its sheer pleasure and its sense of social mission, however on the identical time feeling completely modern and massively entertaining.”

“We’re assured that our distinctive mix of East meets West creativity and perspective will convey one thing really progressive to Asian and worldwide tv audiences,” stated BHP co-founders Donovan Chan and Jocelyn Little.

The Ink Manufacturing facility just lately arrange an Asia slate and related financing facility which goals each to ship diversifications of John le Carré’s work into the main markets of Asia, and to create a worldwide platform for the work of expertise and creators from the area. The enterprise has been established with the assist and collaboration of Hong Kong and London-based media funding agency 127 Wall Productions and assist from the British Movie Institute’s World Movie Display Fund.

Its present slate consists of “The Plotters,” a Korean-language tv sequence adaptation of Kim Un Su’s critically acclaimed novel of the identical identify, with Soo Hugh (“Pachinko,” “The White Darkness”) hooked up to create and government produce. It additionally comprises: a sequence primarily based on the debut novel of Ghanian-American writer Yasmin Angoe – thriller “Her Title is Knight”; an adaptation of C Pam Zhang’s “How A lot of These Hills is Gold,” with Anita Gou’s Kindred Spirit; and Struggle Physician, a function primarily based on British trauma surgeon David Nott’s memoir of working in battle zones.