Cliffhanger and Long Kiss Goodnight helmer Renny Harlin has been tapped to direct the Jackie Chan buddy action comedy Skiptrace following the departure of previously announced director Sam Fell (Paranorman).
Chan is set to star opposite Seann William Scott and X-Men: Days Of Future Past‘s Fan Bingbing in the tale of a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with a mouthy American gambler (Scott) to save his niece and take down the city’s most notorious criminal. Dasym Entertainment and Beijing-based Talent International Film are co-financing and co-producing the vehicle, which was first scripted by Jay Longino from Chan’s original idea. The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka did a rewrite ahead of the project’s Cannes presentation last year, and since then Geoff Moore and David Posamentier (Grandma’s Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, Food Fight) and BenDavid Grabinski (Machinima’s Enormous) have also contributed revisions. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has locked Breck Eisner to direct Karate Kid 2, the sequel that will bring back Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 original, which grossed $56 million on its opening weekend and ended with $343 million worldwide. Eisner, repped by CAA and Management 360, most recently directed the gritty horror film The Crazies. It is an important film for the studio that has placed a premium in the care and feeding of franchises with global appeal. The original 1984 Karate Kid is a beloved film, but let’s face it, that crane deal at the end would never have worked, and this kid is way more believable as a martial artist.
Singapore’s Best Foreign Oscar hopeful Ilo Ilo took home top honors at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, where the Cannes Camera d’Or winner also nabbed Best New Director (Anthony Chen), Best Supporting Actress (YEO Yann Yann), and Best Original Screenplay. The drama acquired by Film Movement is primed for an early 2014 theatrical release. Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster nabbed Best Actress (Zhang Ziyi), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Makeup/Costumes, and Best Visual Effects. The martial arts biographical drama, released by TWC stateside, also won the Audience Award while Jackie Chan and his CZ12 team took home kudos for Best Action Choreography. Scroll down for full winners: Read More »
Exclusive Media will produce and co-finance the Sam Fell-directed action comedy Skipttrace, with Jackie Chan starring with Fan Bingbing in a co-production between Exclusive Media’s Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Beijing-based Talent International Film Co. President Esmond Ren. Exclusive will sell at Cannes. Pic is based on an idea by Chan, and written by Jay Longino, Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. The action comedy follows a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who is tasked with tracking down a mouthy American gambler on the run from his creditors. The men form an unlikely partnership and attempt to take down Hong Kong’s most notorious criminal, while embarking on a wild journey through some of China’s most scenic and exotic locales.
Jackie Chan Ridiculed In Hong Kong For Pro-China Stance
Hong Kong action icon Jackie Chan faces a backlash in his hometown for joining China’s top political advisory body. Hong Kong remains suspicious of the mainland and many believe Chan was selected to appear at the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference because of his visibility. Professor Sonny Ho, co-director at the Centre for Greater China Studies, describes the conference’s “united front” strategy as a campaign to promote a strong and peaceful homeland, unified with Taiwan. China’s growing clout has seen actors from Hong Kong and Macau drafted into patriotic movies that glorify the country’s past including the early Communist Party era. Chan’s appointment to the conference met derision online for his pro-Beijing stances such as calling for limits on the right to protest. Read More »
The Chinese-produced Lost In Thailand was made for a reported $3.1M and doubled that on its opening day. With $6.26M on December 12, it set a record for a Wednesday release, says Film Business Asia. It also took $14.9M on December 15, setting a one-day record for a domestic film and set another record for number of screenings with a massive 33,000 showings that day. The road movie, which follows two rival businessmen who travel to Thailand, beat single-day records held by Painted Skin 2, Titanic 3D and Transformers 3, Twitchfilm reports. Its unofficial cume as of Thursday was $72.2M. Financed and released by Beijing Enlight Pictures, the movie was written, produced and directed by Xu Zheng in his feature helming debut. The comedy will nevertheless face strong competition this weekend with the release of Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac and Andrew Lau’s The Guillotines. There’s currently no word of Stateside distribution, but you can click over to see a subtitled trailer: Read More »
‘Highway Thru Hell’ Lands At Nat Geo US Beyond Distribution has sold Highway Thru Hell, a documentary series examining the treacherous trucking route, the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia, to National Geographic Channel U.S., where it will premiere next February. Produced by Vancouver’s Great Pacific Media, the docu was commissioned by Discovery Canada where it posted the highest series debut in the channel’s history in September. The eight-part series follows the heavy rescue team as it attends the scenes of numerous wrecks, removing often dangerous cargo, cleaning up twisted metal and clearing the roads.- Don GrovesRead More »
Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.
During a funny, self-deprecating Comic-Con panel, Jackie Chan advised a crowd who gave him a standing ovation not to hurt themselves like he has. His latest movie is CZ12, a.k.a. Chinese Zodiac, coming out in December, regular and IMAX. He said he thinks getting all the old friends together for a movie like The Expendables seems fun, and was contacted about the sequel but was too busy making Chinese Zodiac.
Moderater Drew McWeeny of Hitfix.com described this as a throwback to his older films like Armor of God. But Chan said “For me nothing’s changed. Just hurting, hurting, hurting…” It does look like a throwback, alas in some not so good ways – the clip showed looked like cheap sets not very well shot, but with some great Chan fights and wall-climbing.
“I’m a good thief” Chan noted but said “no American director will hire me to do like a Spider-Man, Batman … and I don’t know how to make these kind of films! The only thing I know how to do is risk my life.” Described himself as stupid for risking his life, but says he knows we’ll like it. He advised younger actors to use special effects and not … Read More »
In this clip from 1911 released today, Jackie Chan portrays Huang Xing, the first commander-in-chief of the army of the Republic of China. The film marks the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution and founding of the Republic of China. It’s also being billed as Chan’s 100th film. He co-directs with Li Zhang. It opens in China this weekend and in the U.S. on October 12.
This is the third formal state dinner of the Obama administration and each time Hollywood has been invited. Last night’s was for Chinese President Hu Jintao and featured a list of 225 guests: Disney CEO Robert Iger and wife Willow Bay, Wendi Deng without media mogul husband Rupert Murdoch who reportedly was traveling, Barbra Streisand with husband James Brolin, action star Jackie Chan, and Law & Order: SVU shrink B.D. Wong were among the guests, with after-dinner entertainment provided by Herbie Hancock. Also on the list: GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt who doesn’t qualify as a media mogul anymore now that the FCC has okayed the Comcast takeover of NBC Universal.
I’m told Jackie Chan fired CAA on the day his new movie The Forbidden Kingdom opened #1 last Friday. Today he landed with the William Morris Agency’s Phillip Button. As for the There Will Be Blood director, Paul Thomas Anderson left Endeavor yesterday and landed tonight at WMA with Mike Simpson and John Fogelman.