Back (way way back) in the 90's, there was this kid called Brandon. He lived in New Jersey and watched too much television. On one fateful day, that bad habit proved useful. Because on that day, some channel decided to show a clip or an ad or something for a Jackie Chan movie.
"What in the HELL WAS THAT!?" said my sad little teenage brain. How can anyone move like that and where, exactly, does someone learn to flip around a giant ladder?? So my obsession, like millions of others, was born.
I watched them all. I memorised the moves. I bought DVDs direct from Hong Kong. I took kung-fu classes. I even memorised the lines IN CHINESE.
Flash forward: New York City, 2005
The idea hit me like an angry Sammo. I had just seen a few wuxia films (as I tend to do, I think one was Hero) and looked up at the canyon of skyscrapers that is Manhattan. BAM! That was it.
Modern Urban Wuxia.
A few films from South East Asia have gone down that road in one way or another, but I have yet to see someone dressed like Method Man move like Jet Li from rooftop to rooftop with an ancient sword in his hand. That's what Streets of Myth is all about.
It's like Game of Thrones in a hoodie doing jump kicks. It's The Warriors directed by Lau Kar-Leung. It's Akira Kurosawa and King Hu turning a Wu-Tang record into a sweeping epic.
Flash forward: Birmingham, UK, 2011. I start thinking of the Streets of Myth again. It occurs to me that Birmingham is responsible for the Industrial Revolution and Heavy Metal and JRR Tolkien. Shakespeare was from up the road. I start looking around and the Midlands has a pretty vibrant martial arts scene.
It all starts making sense.
After a lot of writing. A lot of planning. A lot of meetings and thinking and pondering, we're on the verge of turning this into a reality.