The universal love affair with martial arts superstar Bruce Lee has been re-awakened. Vancouver-based Network Entertainment is launching the world premiere of its new feature documentary film I am Bruce Lee in Vancouver on February 8, followed by a theatrical release in over 200 theaters in the United States and Canada.
Network principal partners Derik Murray and Paul Gertz are also the producers behind the acclaimed Muhammad Ali documentary Facing Ali, directed by Pete McCormack and shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2010.
The prolific Canadian production company has earned an international reputation for creating original content for a worldwide audience. Among its many productions, Network broke new ground with 2004’s Making the Cut series, the first time that reality television was partnered with a professional sports league, the National Hockey League.
Murray and Gertz have again teamed up with director McCormack for I Am Bruce Lee, and joined forces with Bruce Lee Enterprises and Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, in the executive producer’s chair. Featuring the very best footage of Bruce’s motion pictures and rare archival footage and photos provided by Bruce’s family, the film gives us access to rarely viewed Lee interviews and home movies —offering a close-up look at the man whose wit was as rapid-fire as his martial arts moves.
“Our goal was to bring Bruce Lee and his dynamic personality to life in a way never experienced before, and we were able to achieve this with amazing content and our dynamic cast,” says Network founder Derik Murray. “You will laugh, you will cry, and you will walk out of the theater inspired by the spirit of the remarkable Bruce Lee.”
Murray says response to the I Am Bruce Lee trailer — which shot to No. 1 this week on iTunes — has been off the charts. The film’s cast includes UFC President Dana White who calls Lee the “Father of Mixed Martial Arts,” NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, boxing champions Manny Pacquiao and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, UFC stars Jon Jones, Cung Le, Stephan Bonnar and Gina Carano, actor and star of the hit show ‘Modern Family’ Ed O’Neill, Academy Award Nominated actor Mickey Rourke, the Black Eye Peas’ Taboo, Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee and his wife Linda Lee Cadwell, as well as martial arts legends like Dan Inosanto, Bob Wall and Gene LeBell.