Hey, remember Shanghai Noon and its sequel, Shanghai Knights? Those were a couple of pretty fun movies, huh? It’s been over 10 years since the sequel hit theaters, but studio executives haven’t forgotten the major bank they made at the box office by bringing together the unlikely duo of Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan in what almost became an unlikely trilogy. Not so unlikely anymore, as MGM is reportedly moving forward with Shanghai Dawn, which sadly will not mash-up the Shanghai franchise with Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn. Sorry.
Far be it for us to ever question our TV overlords and the small-screen movie reboot trend, but at least some franchises feel fair game for a fresh take. Cue loudmouth Chris Tucker wailing, as ‘Rush Hour’ will move forward with an official pilot order at CBS, written under ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Cougar Town’ creator Bill Lawrence.
Do you buy John Cusack as a Roman soldier who teams up with Jackie Chan in an epic battle film that takes place in the year 48 BC? Yeah, neither do we, but that’s what the first trailer for ‘Dragon Blade’ is selling. Cusack has certainly been making some Choices with a capital C in recent years, and his latest film continues the modern tradition of making us scratch our heads at whatever the hell John Cusack is getting up to.
When 'Big' isn't big enough for the day, the movie-TV reboot goblet has spit out yet another name. The fourth installment in Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan's 'Rush Hour' franchise remains in limbo, though Brett Ratner and 'Scrubs' creator Bill Lawrence have reportedly entered development for a 'Rush Hour' TV series to fill the desperate void no one had ever noticed.
The 'Expendables' franchise is built entirely on the idea that watching a whole bunch of movie stars (from former legends to C-listers) kill a whole bunch of people will make for a good time at the movies. Franchise star and chief creative voice Sylvester Stallone has promised that 'The Expendables 3' will up the ante in every way and the news that Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich are in talks to join the cast has us believing him.
If there's one thing Sylvester Stallone understands about the 'Expendables' franchise, it's that you've got to go big or go home. Everything we've heard about the upcoming 'Expendables 3' makes it sound like it's in a mad rush to make up for the particularly poor second film, which can only be a good thing. Mr. Stallone took to Twitter to share and spitball some ideas, including the casting of a new star and the return of another.
The all-star cast of the 'Expendables' franchise is gearing up for a third installment, which our buddy Sylvester Stallone has already said is hoping will include an abundance of "new blood." There've been a number of names thrown into the mix -- one of which was Nicolas Cage, though Sly insists he has no knowledge regarding that particular rumor -- but someone brand-new to the crew has confirmed to have officially boarded the action star-filled 'Expendables 3,' and that's Mr. Jackie Chan.
Supposedly 'Chinese Zodiac' is Jackie Chan's last big action movie. That would be easier to believe if he didn't have at least one more action movie lined up, and word is he might be back for 'Rush Hour 4.' Regardless, if 'Chinese Zodiac' becomes his final foot-to-ass film, it looks like he'll be going out on top.
Are you ready for a 'Rush Hour 4?' Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker might be, according to ‘Rush Hour’ producer Arthur Sarkissian, said they’re ramping up for a fourth chapter and are about ready to bring a screenwriter on board to beef up the story.
Now hold on a second -- Jackie Chan is making another action movie? Didn't he say he was done doing action films? It appears if he hasn't truly abandoned the action genre just yet and is looking to make a new action/comedy, this time it's an English language one.