Renny Harlin in Talks to Replace Sam Fell as SKIPTRACE Director

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Word has it that Renny Harlin, the man behind the camera for this year’s The Legend of Hercules, is in talks to direct Skiptrace.  Sam Fell (ParaNorman) was previously set to make his live-action debut on the film, but has exited the picture.  The English language action-comedy stems from an original idea from star Jackie Chan, and centers on a good cop (Chan) whose niece (Fan Bingbing) runs afoul of a criminal syndicate, and catches the unwanted attention of its boss. The cop, who has been after the head honcho for over a decade, must track down the one man who can help save his niece: a fast-talking American gambler (Seann William Scott) who he brings to Hong Kong.  Production is scheduled to begin this August. Hit the jump for full details.

renny-harlin-skiptraceNews of Harlin directing Skiptrace comes via the following press release:

RENNY HARLIN TO DIRECT ACTION COMEDY “SKIPTRACE”STARRING JACKIE CHAN AND SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT

BLOOM to Handle International Sales with Production Set to Begin this August

Los Angeles/Cannes, May 21, 2014: BLOOM announced Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, Die Hard 2) will direct action buddy comedy SKIPTRACE which will commence production on August 11, 2014. Starring Jackie Chan (Rush HourThe Karate Kid), Seann William Scott (American Pie, Role Models) and Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3), SKIPTRACE is written by Jay Longino with revisions by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka and Geoff Moore & David Posmentier and BenDavid Grabinski. Talent International and Dasym Entertainment will produce along with Jackie Chan, Esmond Ren, Charlie Coker, Damien Saccani and David Gerson. The film is financed by Talent International and Dasym Entertainment (a subsidiary of Dasym Investment Strategies B.V., Exclusive Media’s parent company).   Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s newly launched BLOOM will handle international sales on the film.

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 (Scott) 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.

“Jackie Chan’s international presence is unparalleled, and we’re thrilled that Renny Harlin has come on board to direct this exhilarating and hilarious project,” says BLOOM’s Alex Walton. “Having Jackie, Renny and Seann involved will bring this wild script to life with the perfect blend of action and comedy.”

Jackie Chan and Fan BingBing are represented by WME.  Renny Harlin is represented by UTA.




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  • Jet Li

    An original idea from Jackie Chan about a good cop who teams up with a fast-talking American.

    Original idea.

    Original. *echoes*

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    So….they want to this to bomb before it even begins filming? Hire the talent behind such delights as Cutthroat Island, Mindhunters, Exorcist: The Beginning, Hercules 3D, The Covenant and let’s not forget for failing to jump star John Cena’s film career with 12 Rounds and The Marine. (*I did like Deep Blue Sea as a guilty pleasure B movie)They’d be better off hiring an untested talent from TV, indie circuit or even a film student at this point. SMH. WTF. Renny Harlin peaked in 1993 with Cliffhanger and has been clinging on to it ever since. Honestly after Hercules bombed at the boxoffice making it 6 in a row how does he keep getting work?
    Poster tagline idea: “From the guy who directed Die Hard 2 in 1990 and Cliffhanger in 1993 comes his latest film almost 25 years later with a dozen shitty films in between. This summer get ready!”

  • alk

    Jackie Chan needs to wise up and scrap this altogether, first wise decision being to fire Renny Harlin immediately. It’s bad enough the idea is unoriginal and copy of all the late 90s/early 2000s Hong Kong cop movies. Also, unless Jackie chan were to star in it himself, then don’t go through the hassle…perhaps it would be worth the hassle if you had someone like John Woo or Gareth Evans, and starred someone more compelling instead of the C-list star Sean William Scott…This whole thing just stinks.

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