THE MOVIE: Website Chinese Films has some jaw-dropping news for martial arts fans, if this project does indeed end up reaching fruition. Reportedly, China Vision Media Group held a press conference in Beijing yesterday to announce that Jackie Chan would team up with Ding Sheng, his co-writer/director on Little Big Soldier, once again. Their next collaboration together? Wait for it: a new entry in the Police Story saga, tentatively titled Police Story 2013.
Police Story remains arguably the most popular series of films that Jackie Chan has ever done, with the 1985 original solidifying Jackie’s status as an international action icon. Jackie would return to the series intermittently over the years, adding bigger and more dangerous stunts with each entry.
The last installment was 2005′s New Police Story, which may not have achieved the acclaim of past movies but was undoubtedly a damn fine Jackie Chan flick.
Update: Jackie Chan will begin shooting Police Story 2013 on November 15th in Beijing, alongside Mainland actor Huang Bo. This time around, Jackie is portraying an all new character – a Mainland Chinese cop. Police Story fans will recall that the third installment, Supercop, contrasted Jackie’s easygoing Hong Kong cop with Michelle Yeoh’s stricter Mainland officer. Says Jackie: “I’ve played policemen many times before, but I’ve never shot a film which focused on the life of a mainland policeman. So this time, I get the chance to fulfill this kind of role.”
Twitch Film unveiled this promotional poster for the film, which is reportedly just Jackie Chan’s head photoshopped onto Jason Statham’s body from The Mechanic. As such, it’s not yet known if this is an official poster or merely a fan job. | Check out the teaser poster for Police Story 2013, which has officially wrapped up filming. Thanks to superchanblog.blogspot.com.
Kung Fu Magazine interviewed Jack Tu, who won a Chinese reality TV contest and became Jackie Chan’s ‘disciple’ for a year. This led to a small role as a police sniper in Police Story 2013. News on this project have been scarce but Jack Tu has finally let a few details slip. Based on the interview, it looks like Police Story 2013 will be set entirely within Mainland China and put an emphasis on the Chinese police force (most of the extras in the movie are real police officers and firefighters).
The film’s storyline follows the relationship between Jackie and his daughter; from the sounds of it, a gang kidnaps Jackie’s daughter and holds her at a club, where Jackie and his police force must rescue her. Jack Tu also gives the impression Police Story 2013 will feature more gun battles than traditional hand-to-hand combat.
Police Story 2013 has officially screened for the public at the Beijing International Film Festival. Word from the director himself indicates that the film is related to the first five Police Story movies in name only. This movie is a bit of a departure for Jackie, blending the cop genre with drama and suspense. There is reportedly more gun-based violence than hand-to-hand combat as well. We look forward to a trailer in the near future! | M.M.A.C. offers this pic of Jackie from the film via the always reliable Danny Ho.
BREAKING NEWS: Here’s the official poster, thanks to Chewi for the heads up.