Jackie Chan Plans New Action-Comedy

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 1:53 pm,

Jackie Chan has gone on-and-off about plans to fully leave behind his days making action movies; that’s understandable, given that the martial arts icon turned 58 earlier this year. However, just because Chan intends to hang up his hat – as far as crazy stunts and gymnastic fight choreography goes – that doesn’t mean he’s done playing action heroes just yet.

Chan is currently developing a new English-language, action-comedy, based on his own original story idea. However, for the time being, the project is without either an official title or director (though, Chan could very well assume helmer duties, once post-production is complete on his most recent film, Chinese Zodiac).

Heat Vision reports that Chan has recruited up-and-comer Jay Longino to script his new action-comedy, which Chan will also produce. Longino only has one major writing credit on his resume to date (the direct-to-video Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation), but FX recently purchased his pilot script for the TV series Raising Blind. Moreover, Longino is also working on the scripts for a pair of John Singleton projects: the action-thrillers Layover and Broken Run (Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth is attached to star in the latter). Here’s the lowdown on the plot for Chan’s new film:

Based on an original idea of Chan’s, the story is a two-hander action comedy featuring a detective (Chan) who must track down an American gambler that has skipped out on his debt owed to a Macau casino syndicate. The settings include Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and mainland China.

The last time most U.S. moviegoers saw Chan onscreen, it was in the Karate Kid remake (not counting his voice work in Kung Fu Panda 2). Chan has otherwise been focused more on non-Hollywood fare for the past two years – as evidenced by his appearances in Asian films such as Shaolin and 1911 (he also directed the latter), along with the aforementioned Chinese Zodiac and untitled action-comedy vehicle.

Jackie Chan in 1911 Jackie Chan Plans New Action Comedy

Jackie Chan in ‘1911’

Of course, Chan was a well-established star in the Chinese movie business well before he made the jump overseas to the U.S. – and found box office success with the Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon franchises (among other titles). Thus, Chan is really just returning to his roots, by focusing on international projects. So long as he continues to deliver quality products, it’s not as though Chan’s dedicated fans are really going to care where his films are set, right? They might be happier, actually, given that Chan’s least-popular offerings over the past decade have mostly come from Tinseltown (The Tuxedo, The Spy Next Door), but, moving on…

We’ll keep an eye out for additional information on Chan’s new action-comedy. In the meantime, for any Screen Rant readers who hail from China: you can look forward to Chinese Zodiac arriving in theaters this December (it does not appear to have a U.S. release date yet, sadly).

Source: THR

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  1. His own original idea?? no remake or sequel or reboot? The man deserves an Oscar just for that alone

    • LOL!!! :)

    • LOL indeed!

  2. lol bro

  3. It’s good to see Jackie merging the two genres for a change, action with comedy, genius!

    He should try beating people up with every day household items to, that would be interesting

    • Sorry if he doesn’t sit on a motorcycle and “look” tough like you do. BTW, glad to see you’ve gotten over that death thing.

  4. Chan is really a great Entertainer,and one of the best !
    Always was,always will be ! Great he is doing something again !
    Can’t wait :)

  5. Sign me up!
    I thought the Karate Kid remake was an excellent movie. One of the best remakes there has been along with Dawn of the Dead.

  6. I luv jackie chan hes the freakin man

  7. Was only joking i love Jackie Chan, Fearless Hyena is the best!!

  8. Once it has the spirit of some of his older films, most of his hollywood stuff sucked in comparison to them. Chinese Zodiac looks awesome too.

  9. I LOVE jackie chan films. I personally own more than 50 films that he has appeared in. Even some of his smaller, early roles. But I like his asian films better than his american ones. He just never seemed to find good roles in america aside from rush hour and even that became worse with the third one. Cant wait for Chinese Zodiac!

  10. Jackie Chan was one of my childhood heroes but in the last few years his movies (Karate Kid excluded) have just been terrible.

    I’m looking forward to seeing him back on top again. Hopefully this new movie will be like the stuff he used to make.

  11. Jackie Chan is awesome! I’m defiantly looking forward to this! :-)

  12. Chan has been a major wanker the last decade, and hasn’t produced a decent movie in two decades. Over the last ten years, his main initiative has been sucking up to the PRC, telling Chinese citizens they’re too stupid for democracy, insulting American media, and just generally being a commercial for China. His reasoning for his focus on mainland China is that “American audiences are too stupid” for the types of films he wants to do. He has said he only made his American films for money and that most of them disgusted him. I’d quote it, but his garbage is all over the net.

    Regarding this film… whatever… as I said, hasn’t made anything good in 20 years (and please don’t tell me Rush Hour…)

  13. We should set up a petition to have Chinese Zodiac to be released to the US as well. I heard it is the third Armour of God film. O.o

  14. ahm,…… i dont know i mean for me jackie chan is my martial art hero and he is the greatest stuntman alive, the best and nothing else ^_^ nuff said