Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson said they will develop another Shanghai Noon for MGM with Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) attached to direct. The script is being developed from a story by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough (Shanghai Noon, Shanghai Knights) and a script by Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum. MGM’s chairman Gary Barber’s old company, Spyglass Entertainment, is producing. Millar and Gough will executive produce. The first Shanghai Noon bowed in 2000 and made a little under $100M worldwide. Shanghai Knights opened three years later and made less, about $88M worldwide.
However, with renewed deals with Chan in China, it seems like whatever the action/comedy actor touches has interest in the Middle Kingdom these days. His last film, Skiptrace with Jackass actor Johnny Knoxville and country favorite Fan BingBing, opened to a big $62.2M in China, marking his biggest ever opening in the Middle Kingdom for a live-action film. Chan is also being named as one of this year’s honorees for the Governors Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.