5 items from 2016
Saban Films has acquired the Us distribution rights to action comedy Skiptrace, directed by Renny Harlin (The Legend of Hercules, Die Hard 2) and written by Jay Longino and Ben David Grabinski. The film stars Jackie Chan (Rush Hour franchise, The Karate Kid), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass series), and Bingbing Fan (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron Man 3) and will open theatrically later this year.
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 goddaughter 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 (Knoxville) who is also on the run from the mob. The unlikely pair embarks on a hilarious adventure from the wind-swept dunes »
- Michelle McCue
Remember the last time Jackie Chan played a Hong Kong detective on screen only to cross paths with a bumbling American idiot? It was the core dynamic that catapulted Brett Ratner’s 1998 action-comedy Rush Hour to a respectable box office haul, two sequels, and even a TV show over at CBS – one which doesn’t involve Chan nor his fast-talking co-star Chris Tucker.
But no matter, for Jackie Chan is portraying a very similar character in Renny Harlin’s Skiptrace, with Johnny Knoxville assuming the role of brash American gambler, Connor Watts. As the director behind both Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger, Harlin has displayed a deft eye for action cinema throughout the years – barring the blemishes of Deep Blue Sea – though after the release of today’s international trailer, it’s difficult to imagine the filmmaker’s China-set adventure finding much of an audience – particularly in the west.
All style and little substance, »
- Michael Briers
Nearing the age of 62, Jackie Chan may have slowed down his rapid output a bit, but he’s still jumping head-first into the action genre. His latest film, Skiptrace, finds him under the direction of Die Hard 2 and Cliffhanger helmer Renny Harlin for the China-set adventure. Today now brings the first trailer for the action feature, which debuts in China this month.
Also starring Johnny Knoxville it follows a Hong Kong detective who hunts down a Chinese crime boss with the help of an American gambler. This first international trailer, which opts for flashy style over substance, has some nice-looking setpieces, so hopefully it’s a another strong actioner for Chan. Also starring Bingbing Fan, Eric Tsang, Winston Chao, and Eve Torres, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
- Leonard Pearce
We recently saw the release of the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which started life as an independent film unrelated to Cloverfield but was rewritten as a sequel (of sorts). This got us thinking about other films that were conceived as original projects but were altered by studios to become sequels to existing franchises.
When 10 Cloverfield Lane started out, it was an independent film called The Cellar, about a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up injured and locked in the bunker-like cellar of a man (John Goodman) she’s never met before. The strange man tells her that he found after an accident and brought her there to minister to her wounds but then a cataclysmic disaster ravaged the surface world and she has to stay there. She doesn’t believe him and spends the rest of the film trying to escape, while her memories of the night of her accident slowly return. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
After being developed for a number of years, 20th Century Fox is finally moving forward with Die Hard 6, now entitled Die Hard Year One. We reported in October that this Die Hard adventure will actually be a prequel set in the 1970s, with Bruce Willis returning to cameo as the iconic John McClane in a present-day story that bookends the prequel story set in 1979, 10 years before the events of the original Die Hard. Len Wiseman has been set to direct, and while promoting his new Fox TV series Lucifer, he clarified to /Film that Bruce Willis will have more than just a cameo in two scenes.
"He will be more present than that. This character of course is modern day and the origin story if you can call it that has ramifications on present day McClane. What it's not is it's not a cameo bookend scenario. It's a prequel/sequel »
5 items from 2016
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