Jackie Chan, star of such buddy action comedies as the Rush Hour series and Shanghai Noon, is set to develop and star in a new English-language action comedy. Chan’s recent films, Shaolin and the revolutionary epic 1911, were in Chinese, but his English-language efforts are still strong, notably The Karate Kid remake and his voice work in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Now, Chan’s JC Group International has partnered with the distribution company Talent International Media Group to develop the new project. Jay Longino (Raising Blind) has been tapped to write the script. Hit the jump for more details on Chan’s as-of-yet untitled action comedy project.
Heat Vision reports that Chan is developing the picture based off of his original idea. The film would follow a detective (Chan) who is tasked with tracking down an American gambler who owes a debt to the Macau casino syndicate. The untitled project would involve settings in Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and mainland China. Chan will produce alongside Esmond Ren of TIMG and David Gerson of InterTitle Films.
Chan’s next project is titled Chinese Zodiac, in which his plays a character named Asian Hawk who “searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts – 12 bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.” Chinese Zodiac also stars Oliver Platt, Caitlin Dechelle and, for some reason or another, Kenny G. Chan wrote, directed, produced and starred in the action-adventure picture, which will debut in Beijing on December 12, 2012.