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[UPDATED] Chan And Hung Reunite To Recruit THE OLD SOLDIER
UPDATE: Asian Film Stike has an update via HK Top 10 following The Tracking Board's inital report 5 days ago stating Chan won't be in the film due to scheduling conflicts, and will instead star Andy Lau (Firestorm) - H/T FCSyndicate reader Terry Cheung. Stay tuned for more info.
Sammo Hung directs Jackie Chan on the set of The Medallion (2003)
Thus continuing to disprove any hint or nod to retirement, it appears that multifaceted action star Jackie Chan is looking to make another movie! According to Far East Films (via Tracking Board), Chan is boarding the new project titled The Old Soldier, reuniting with longstanding collaborator, fellow legendary action thespian and superstar Sammo Hung.
The news comes on the heels of Chan's most recently reported work on Skiptrace in Malaysia with director Renny Harlin and co-stars Fan Bingbing and Johnny Knoxville as of last month. The Old Soldier is said to commense production between now and next month in the Russian city of Vladivostok, with Hung in the director's chair and Chan to star in a story of a thief on the run from international law enforcement agencies after stealing valuable jewelry. Liu Hua and Andy Lowe also star.
The film also marks another collaboration between Hung and Chan, both longstanding purveyors and symbols of dilligence in performance art since their Peking Opera days in the 1960's. Their previous work together lists immensely from appearing in immortal classics like Enter The Dragon (1973) under iconic legend Bruce Lee, to working on Hong Kong classics like Wheels On Meals (1984) and Heart Of Dragon (1985), and Hollywood films like Mr. Nice Guy (1997), The Medallion (2003) and Around The World In 80 Days (2004) before collaboraring on Antony Szeto's Jackie Chan Presents: Wushu (2008).
Fans overseas can expect to see Hung in action this November for the forthcoming release of director Roy Chow's Wong Fei-Hung reimagining, Rise Of A Legend. Simultaneously, Chan followers will soon catch him back on the big screen for the upcoming releases of director Daniel Lee's Dragon Blade, and Harlin's Skiptrace sometime next year with a possible CZ12 follow-up also said to be in development, in addition to the production of South African thriller, Civilian.
The past few weeks have been stirring the fan fervor a bit between Wu Jing's current Hong Kong run with hit sequel, Wolf Warrior 2, as well as Donnie Yen in lieu of his upcoming crime drama, Chasing The Dragon. Both names circulated the rumormill in hyperbolic fanboy fashion next to that of action star Jet Li (League Of Gods) who himself scaled back substantially on physically demanding roles in recent years due to his own health.
Whatever the case may be now, of course there's a photo flying around on social media with no context to it whatsoever, and doing nothing to ease the curiousity with specifics. For this, we now have some much-needed clarity with news of the new shortfilm, Master, now in production with Yen, Wu and Li involved. Unknown are the respective degrees of involvement while it is also reported that Jack Ma invited the trio to work together on this project.
Regarding the above photo, it was taken with congratulations to Yen in the wake of his recent fourteen-…
With the upcoming rollout or Jesse Johnson's The Pay Up, Accident Man and Triple Threat in his wake, leave it to action star Scott Adkins to help carry the mantle with word on the upcoming action thriller revisal, Sinners & Saints: Vengeance. Adkins will reunite once more with Chad Law-penned Jarhead 3: The Siege helmer William Kaufman who, in turn, reunites with actor Johnny Strong who led the initial 2011 revenge cop thriller.
The film aims as a stand-alone sequel which tells of a New Orleans detective who journeys to Moscow to avenge the murder of his partner at the hands of a syndicate enforcer with the help of an old war buddy, and the enforcer's lover. Law, whose writing credits also include Kaufman's zombie hit thriller, Daylight's End and Isaac Florentine's Adkins-led home invasion action pic, Close Range, is scripting with Saints And Sinners scribe Jay Moses ahead of the film's Bulgarian shoot this Winter.
Three years, two films and more than a global gross of $171 million dollars later, the fact is there's no way that the John Wick film saga was not getting third installment. That became clearer last October as well as back in June with reports of Derek Kolstad returning to pen the script; Chad Stahelski's involvement was still being ironed out even after sharing the helm with 87Eleven partner David Leitch for the 2014 original and debuting as a solo director on the sequel.
For this, we have new trade updates over at Deadline officiating Stahelski's return for John Wick: Chapter Three which now has an official release date set for May 17, 2019. Casting remains pending while the most obvious of the reprising bunch will be that of actor Keanu Reeves whose portrayal of the title character - a stoic hitman forced to violently broker his wishful exit from the highly-organized criminal underworld regulated by a self-sustaining global syndicate known as The Continental, which its…