I know there are plenty of other articles that I could be writing about, but the coincidence of this story popping up is too strong for me to ignore. A select few of you may have notices that Skiptrace, starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville, randomly popped up on demand for a few sites. I haven’t had a chance to give it a watch yet, but I got a very strong vibe that made me feel like this movie would have been exactly what Jackie would have made in Hollywood about a decade ago. If you don’t believe me, check out the trailer.
Seeing this trailer made me realize how much I really missed having another “Shanghai” film. It’s the chemistry that seemed to work the best (in my opinion) when they partnered up Chan with anyone else. Yes, I like this franchise more than the Rush Hour movies.
Anyways, I was sitting here reminiscing about Shanghai Knights (as well as Noon) and then was blindsided with news that Shanghai Dawn is still indeed a thing and that it’s actually moving forward towards production. This is pretty big, especially when you consider that the film was teased even back in 2003 and never saw the light of day.
So, what do we know about the movie so far? Not much, actually. The film will be directed by Jaed Hess, who is most notably known as the director of the classic Napoleon Dynamite. Hess has actually recently worked with Wilson in the comedy Masterminds, so it’s very possible that the two played with the idea while working with one another.
On one hand, I feel like this era has come and gone and probably won’t draw audiences like it did before. That doesn’t mean I won’t be purchasing the first ticket available to see it, but I’m still cautiously optimsitic. Rush Hour tried to make a comeback (a few times) and crashed pretty hard and I’d hate for this franchise to suffer the same fate. However, I love seeing Wilson’s comedic timing with Jackie’s physical actions, so maybe this one will be a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter