Another sequel is on the way! After 1998’s Rush Hour, which teamed up Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan with fast-talking comedic actor Chris Tucker, studios were eager to cash in on this lucrative premise. Thus, in the year 2000, Shanghai Noon was born. The film teamed Chan up with Owen Wilson. Set in the Wild West, the action buddy comedy with one-liners to spare was a success and spawned a British-centric sequel in 2003, Shanghai Knights.
We learned last May that MGM was indeed moving forward with Shanghai Dawn, with Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan eyed to reprise their roles, and now THR reports that Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess is coming aboard to take the helm. He steps in the shoes of Tom Dey (Marmaduke) and David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).
Wilson and Chan remain in talks to return for the film, and while story details are being kept under wraps, shortly after the release of Shanghai Knights there was talk of the franchise going to Hollywood, Africa, or Egypt. Hess will be working from a story by Noon and Knights scribesMiles Millar and Alfred Gough, while Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum are handling script duties.
Hess has stayed busy directing episodes of The Last Man on Earth and the upcoming Fox comedy Son of Zorn. Shanghai Dawn will certainly mark his biggest project to date.
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