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.”
source: cityonfire, asianmoviepulse, indiewire