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 »
Renny Harlin, who most recently helmed Summit’s The Legend Of Hercules starring Kellen Lutz, has boarded Fallen Cross, a Chicago-set actioner from Umedia that is set to go into production this winter. The pic, scripted by David Christopher O’Neill, centers on a reformed ex-Mafia enforcer Timothy Cole in his desperate struggle to protect his family from the crime syndicate he once served, the Chicago Cross. But first he must escape the confines of prison and return to his ruthless killer ways before the Cross can get to his children. Umedia’s Adrian Politowski and Karl Richards are producing. Harlin, repped by UTA, has been busy on the TV side, directing USA Network series like Burn Notice, White Collar, Covert Affairs and most recently Graceland. Producer-distributor Umedia’s development slate includes Universal War One, based on the Marvel comics, which Skip Woods is adapting; the Rob Cohen action pic Risk; and the romantic comedy Priceless helmed by Thomas Bezucha.