Like many stories in the media these days, it seems that the rumors of Jackie Chan’s retirement from the action genre were greatly exaggerated – or at least mistranslated. Word arrives today that Jackie Chan is lining up a new English-language action comedy.
The premise, developed by Chan himself, has Jackie playing a detective on the hunt for an American gambler who owes a fortune to a certain casino in Macau. The internationally-set film will feature stops in Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and Mainland China. Jay Longino has been tapped to pen the screenplay.
Jackie will star and produce. Any guesses as to which English-speaking costar will be paired up with Jackie this time around? The film doesn’t have a title as of yet but stay tuned to Cityonfire.com for further details as they develop.
Update: It’s been almost a year (literally!) since we’ve heard anything about this movie, but today Beyond Hollywood relays news that the project has a director and a new female co-star for Jackie Chan. Sam Fell, the filmmaker behind last year’s stop-motion scary movie for kids ParaNorman, will handle the directing duties. Meanwhile, China’s number one ‘It girl’ Fan Bingbing (seen in the Chinese cut of Iron Man 3) plays the female lead. The movie’s tentative title is Skiptrace.
Asian Movie Pulse features some recent quotes from Jackie Chan concerning his upcoming projects, including Expendables 3 and Skiptrace. Jackie says that Skiptrace will be very location-driven and he hopes to set the sequences of action/comedy in settings that his fans haven’t seen him to do yet. He also mentions that Police Story 2013 will be more drama-focused than his recent globetrotting adventure film CZ12.
BREAKING NEWS: According to Dark Horizons, Seann William Scott (American Pie) has joined the cast.