Cliffhanger and Long Kiss Goodnight helmer Renny Harlin has been tapped to direct the Jackie Chan buddy action comedy Skiptrace following the departure of previously announced director Sam Fell (Paranorman).
Chan is set to star opposite Seann William Scott and X-Men: Days Of Future Past‘s Fan Bingbing in the tale of a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with a mouthy American gambler (Scott) to save his niece and take down the city’s most notorious criminal. Dasym Entertainment and Beijing-based Talent International Film are co-financing and co-producing the vehicle, which was first scripted by Jay Longino from Chan’s original idea. The Sitter scribes Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka did a rewrite ahead of the project’s Cannes presentation last year, and since then Geoff Moore and David Posamentier (Grandma’s Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast, Food Fight) and BenDavid Grabinski (Machinima’s Enormous) have also contributed revisions. (more…)