Synopsis: One of the last good cops around, Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Chan) has been tracking dangerous crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie’s beautiful young niece Samantha (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, he must track down the one man who can help her: fast-talking, American gambler Connor Watts (Knoxville). Watts, who is also on the run from the same mob and a dangerous Russian assassin. Eventually catching up with Connor in Siberia, Bennie races against the clock to bring him back to Hong Kong. The unlikely pair embark on a hilarious, perilous adventure from the windswept dunes of the Gobi Desert, to the rocky spires of the Huangshan Mountains. Cultures collide in this buddy comedy which takes us to places on earth we have never seen before.
A cinematographer was killed on Wednesday in Hong Kong during the filming of Jackie Chan starring film Skiptrace.
Chan Kwok-hung is understood to have drowned in an accident that occurred when a boat he was on capsized off Lantau Island. According to the South China Morning Post, it is understood to have happened around 3am local time.
Seven other film crew were on board, but they managed to swim the 30 meters to shore. Neither Jackie Chan nor co-star Fan Bingbing are believed to have been on board at the time.
Deadline reports Scott won’t be in the film, but Johnny Knoxville has stepped up to take the role of the gambler.
Skiptrace follows a Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Chan), who has been tracking a dangerous crime boss, Victor Wong, for over a decade. When Bennie’s beautiful young niece Bai (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, he comes to the rescue and must track down the only man who can help her – a fast-talking American gambler named Connor Watts (Knoxville) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind swept dunes of the Gobi Desert to the rocky spires of the Huangshan Mountains.
Action specialist Renny Harlin is in talks to direct Jackie Chan’s action comedy Skiptrace, replacing Sam Fell.
Die Hard 2 director Harlin, spoke highly of Jackie’s performance.
“I thought that I knew everything about film making already, but working with Jackie, I’m learning so much every day. His way of doing things and improvising action and coming up with ideas, he’s a comic genius which everybody knows. He’s a comic genius and he will always come up with something that you add to the scene, so it’s even more fun.”
The film started shooting in August and is expected to hit the cinema in 2015.
Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbin and director Sam Fell attend the Skiptrace photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France.
Seann William Scott is set to join Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing in Academy Award-nominated director Sam Fell’s action comedy Skiptrace.
Based on Chan’s original idea, Skiptrace is written by Jay Longino and co-written by The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka and David Posamentier and Geoff Moore (Better Living Through Chemistry). The film follows Bennie Black (Chan), a Hong Kong detective who has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie’s young niece Bai (Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Scott). Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back to Hong Kong and the unlikely pair embark on an entertaining and perilous adventure from the snowy mountains of Mongolia to the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert.
“We are very excited to have Seann on board this project, and know that his chemistry with Jackie will make for a unique pairing that has never been seen before. Seann is well loved by our Chinese audience for his stand-out performance in the ‘American Pie’ films, as well as his good looks!” said Beijing based Talent International Film Co., Ltd.’s President Esmond Ren.
Set to start production on January 13, 2014 Skiptrace will be produced as a Sino-Foreign co-production by Exclusive Media and Talent International (Chinese Zodiac), who will also co-finance the film.
Jackie Chan is lining up a new English-language action comedy Skiptrace, where he is playing a detective on the hunt for an American gambler who owes a fortune to a certain casino in Macau.
Jay Longino has been tapped to pen the screenplay and ParaNorman movie director Sam Fell to direct, when China’s number one ‘It girl‘ Fan Bingbing plays the female lead.
Fan Bingbing is in popular demand at the moment making her way to Hollywood with movies such as Iron Man 3 and also the upcoming X-Men movie.
“Skip trace” will be produced as a Sion-Foreign co-production by Exclusive Media and Talent International, which will also co-finance the film.
“After a career spanning 40 years, Jackie Chan is at the top of his game and we are delighted to be partnering with him and our friends at Cyrte on Skiptrace – it’s a fun, action filled script and has the hallmark of a blockbuster hit,” said Exclusive’s co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.
In the beginning this movie was planned as a part of Rush Hour franchise with Brett Ratner as a director and Chris Tucker on the side, but it didn’t happen.
“Personally, I feel that if he were to pick it up, it would be better if we turned it into Rush Hour 4 but I do think that three movies for the franchise is a perfect ending. It would be better to start a new buddy movie with someone new,” Chan said.
It was just about a week ago when Chan said this about the Rush Hour franchise of movies: “I have reasons to do each film, I have something to say. Unlike Rush Hour – there was no reason [in making it], you just give me the money and I’m fine. I dislike Rush Hour the most, but ironically it sold really well in the U.S. and Europe.”
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