Renny Harlin to Direct Jackie Chan & Seann William Scott in 'Skiptrace'
by Ethan Anderton
May 20, 2014
After delivering the abysmal Legend of Hercules earlier this year, Die Hard 2 and The Long Kiss Goodnight director Renny Harlin is finally ready to get back to his action roots. A press release from Cannes has revealed that Harlin is set to direct Skiptrace, the film that feels like a throwback to the late 90s with Jackie Chan and Seann William Scott teaming up for the first time. Harlin is replacing ParaNorman director Sam Fell, who was previously on board. X-Men: Days of Future Past star Fan Bingbing also has a role in the film hoping to begin production in August as the project is currently being shopped at Cannes.
For those just joining us, Chan came up with the story, turned into a script by Cost of Living writer and director BenDavid Grabinski, which sees the action star playing a good cop whose niece (Bingbing) finds herself in danger from a crime syndicate and its ringleader which our hero has been trying to nail for ten years. For some reason, a fast-talking American gamble (Scott) is the only man who can help him save his niece, and the detective has to track him down and get his ass to Hong Kong. Yeah, we're getting Rush Hour deja vu all over again too. Of course, with an old school director like Harlin at the helm, this could be just the right amount of throwback action fun. What do you think?