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[UPDATED] Chan And Hung Reunite To Recruit THE OLD SOLDIER
UPDATE: Asian Film Stike has an update via HK Top 10 following The Tracking Board's inital report 5 days ago stating Chan won't be in the film due to scheduling conflicts, and will instead star Andy Lau (Firestorm) - H/T FCSyndicate reader Terry Cheung. Stay tuned for more info.
Sammo Hung directs Jackie Chan on the set of The Medallion (2003)
Thus continuing to disprove any hint or nod to retirement, it appears that multifaceted action star Jackie Chan is looking to make another movie! According to Far East Films (via Tracking Board), Chan is boarding the new project titled The Old Soldier, reuniting with longstanding collaborator, fellow legendary action thespian and superstar Sammo Hung.
The news comes on the heels of Chan's most recently reported work on Skiptrace in Malaysia with director Renny Harlin and co-stars Fan Bingbing and Johnny Knoxville as of last month. The Old Soldier is said to commense production between now and next month in the Russian city of Vladivostok, with Hung in the director's chair and Chan to star in a story of a thief on the run from international law enforcement agencies after stealing valuable jewelry. Liu Hua and Andy Lowe also star.
The film also marks another collaboration between Hung and Chan, both longstanding purveyors and symbols of dilligence in performance art since their Peking Opera days in the 1960's. Their previous work together lists immensely from appearing in immortal classics like Enter The Dragon (1973) under iconic legend Bruce Lee, to working on Hong Kong classics like Wheels On Meals (1984) and Heart Of Dragon (1985), and Hollywood films like Mr. Nice Guy (1997), The Medallion (2003) and Around The World In 80 Days (2004) before collaboraring on Antony Szeto's Jackie Chan Presents: Wushu (2008).
Fans overseas can expect to see Hung in action this November for the forthcoming release of director Roy Chow's Wong Fei-Hung reimagining, Rise Of A Legend. Simultaneously, Chan followers will soon catch him back on the big screen for the upcoming releases of director Daniel Lee's Dragon Blade, and Harlin's Skiptrace sometime next year with a possible CZ12 follow-up also said to be in development, in addition to the production of South African thriller, Civilian.
Right about now you're waiting news over any and all pertaining to Chad Stahelski's John Wick: Chapter Three which is still in production. This week, some of the best news to arise now sees word that Tiger Chen, Yayan Ruhian and Cecep Arif Rahman have all joined the production starring opposite Keanu Reeves who returns to star.
A few photos have gone viral in recent weeks seeing Chen merely hinting a presence on set but this latest update is official. The three are said to play opposite Keanu Reeves according news over at The Hollywood Reporter with Chen back on set following a starring role in the 2014 kung fu spiritual drama, Man Of Tai Chi.
It's an update worth noting as it hopefully sets up for a larger Hollywood screen presence for all three martial arts stars who've seen their rise in all of the last nine years collectively, including that of Chen whose friendship dates back to production on The Matrix trilogy. Ruhian and Rahman have been earning their claim to…
Well this is spiffy. Who Taffy Edwards is remains a mystery while said individual sits in the directors chair for upcoming independent crime pic, English Dogs. The film is set to arrive sometime this year and has Time Rush actors Byron Gibson (Only God Forgives) and martial arts sensation, action actor Ron Smoorenberg (Asura) leading the cast.
Plot details are nil as things stand, save for what we can extrapolate from the official trailer that premiered on Wednesday in addition to the film's doughty tagline: "There are 340 breeds of Dogs on the Planet but there can only be one Alpha". And that's about all we got to work with along with what the trailer offers in its ambitious British gangster tropes with Thailand as the backdrop, and watching Gibson throwdown along with shots of Smoorenberg in his element on top of chewing some scenery as a crimeboss, which is always welcome.
Check out the trailer below!
The last few years have seen the wheels turn quite a bit for director Jesse Haaja who made history in debuting Finland's first comic book superhero movie, Rendel. Nowadays he's developing other properties including Furrow, but that doesn't necessarily count out prospects for a sequel while genre specialist Raven Banner has anything to say for it.
Such is what includes Jeremy Kay's Screen International report this weekend with word that sales on sequel to the Finnish superhero hit film have launched at the Cannes market. Producers at Black Lion Pictures and Frozen Flame Pictures are planning an early 2019 shoot on Rendel 2 which has Haaja returning to the helm to follow up the story of a family man previously resurrected from near-death with a brutal, masked alterego to seek revenge in the name of a city crying out for justice against a criminal organization and their pharmaceutical cohorts. “I can’t even describe how excited I am for this,” Haaja said of the ongoing sag…