THE FOREIGNER Enlists Martin Campbell To Direct Jackie Chan's Next Action Thriller

It was late last year that Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell was a frontrunner to direct Relativity Media's forthcoming book adaptation, Hunter Killer. That was long before this week's news of the studio's current financial troubles started making headlines, which now appears to be a reverting point for Campbell who is now in the running to direct one of several of action star Jackie Chan's upcoming films, STX Entertainment's The Foreigner with Wayne Godfrey producing.

The film, which Deadline states will be retitled between now and throughout the course of production, was announced back in June off the heels of another busy season of Chan-related announcements with the film set to go into production this October. Chan will lead the film, based on an adaptation of the 1992 Hodder and Stoughton publication by author Stephen Leather with a script by David Marconi and Peter Buchman, as a former member of the Viet Cong-turned-South London restaurant owner who sets out to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the IRA when the justice system fails.

If you're a regular Chan fanatic, you already know to keep an eye out for more titles. At any rate though, tentatively-titled The Foreigner is already looking like an exciting venture on the action genre, and one that will no less appeal to that of the Taken crowd.

Stay tuned for more details to follow.

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