The estate of legendary martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee, is seeking to stop his name, likeness and story from featuring in the upcoming Hong Kong action biopic, Ip Man 3.
Bruce Lee Enterprises, LLC (BLE), the estate of legendary martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee, is seeking to stop his name, likeness and story from featuring in the upcoming Hong Kong action biopic, Ip Man 3.
According to a report by THR, Hong Kong-based Pegasus Motion Pictures announced at Filmart that the action biopic which is currently been filmed, will feature a young Bruce Lee, a real-life disciple of Wing Chun master as Ip Man and played by Donnie Yen.
However, Pegasus noted that the Lee character would be computer generated for the film.
The estate stated that it has the undisputed ownership of all intellectual property rights related to Bruce Lee, and is the sole owner of all worldwide rights relating to Bruce Lee’s name, image, likeness, persona, signature, voice, attributes, marks, logos, symbols, works, photographs and writings.
The estate further stated that it has not given authorized approval to the producers of Ip Man 3 for the use of Bruce Lee's story, image or likeness in the upcoming flick.
In the words of the estate's rep and counsel, Kris Storti, "the Bruce Lee estate is shocked to learn that Pegasus is intending to include Bruce Lee in Ip Man 3, and that the decision is "completely unauthorized" by BLE."
"To state it in no uncertain terms, BLE intends to seek all remedies available to it to stop Pegasus from including the computer generated version of Bruce Lee in Ip Man 3," Storti stated.