Chan Bits

A few Jackie Chan bits up on Dark Horizons.

A report in the Calgary Times has Wilson and Chan chasing down Jack the Ripper in 1890 for the sequel to Shanghai Noon, creatively titled Shanghai Knights. Not quite sure how all the details are going to work in that one, considering the two are supposed to be cowboys, but if they were looking for something interesting for the duo to work on at night, that would be a good one.

Also, an article in the Hollywood Reporter states that Columbia Pictures have picked up US rights to The Highbinders, starring Jackie Chan and Lee Evans, known to US audiences as the somewhat slow brother in Mouse Hunt.

The story is set in present days, and the term Highbinder refers to a character in the Irish mythology that is immortal and can accomplish impossible feat through superhuman powers (Ireland’s answer to the Highlanders?). In the film both Jackie (Eddie) and Lee (Watson) play two cops in Hong Kong, who are good friends and the occasional odd couple. After the handover of Hong Kong to China, Watson was transferred to Interpol, while Eddie was assigned the task of international human smuggling. After many incidents and deaths in the smuggling trade, both Interpol and HK police sent Eddie and Watson to investigate the leader of the smuggling empire, SnakeHead. The two cops rendezvous in Ireland and begin their investigation, but are quickly killed while on duty under mysterious circumstances. But through some miraculous events, both of them come back and become the HighBinders. Further sleuthing reveals that Snakehead intentionally kills the smuggled people for insurance money. Thus the battle between Good and Evil commences.

Although the producers are Chinese, the film will be shot in English and target a mainstream American audience.

That along with Chan’s upcoming film, The Tuxedo, co-starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, means that 2002 should be Jackie filled!

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