Renny Harlin to Direct Jackie Chan & Seann William Scott in 'Skiptrace'

May 20, 2014

Renny Harlin

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?

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Rush Hour mixed with The Rundown mixed with a bit of The Bulletproof Monk? Yeah, what the hell, I'm in 🙂

Michael Kingscott on May 20, 2014


I'll watch anything with Jackie Chan. I'm in.

Franklin Carpio on May 20, 2014


The Legend of Hercules was simply a disaster and I don't see how Harlin can get back on a good track after that. Die Hard 2 was the 90s era and he still seems to be stuck in it. I don't see how that will contribute into making this film good. For that a film shouldn't feel outdated at all. I understand for people wanting the throwback action nostalgic element but you can make it in such a way that it feels more like today's current films. There is a major difference to how films were directed back then to today meaning there needs to be an update to that element. The only current thing I foresee with this film is sloppy editing shots and quick cut fast paced action on Taken 2 levels of insanity.

DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on May 20, 2014


The last four-or-so efforts by both Chan and Harlin have been nothing but fat disappointments. This, however, might turn out good if Harlin keeps his focus on what he does best (or what he still CAN do): no-BS-action; and Chan doesn't play it just for laughs for his Asian fan base. Hopefully the two also join forces to gain leverage against "studio safe play". Personally I'd almost take an interesting disappointment over another lukewarm yawn-fest like Chow Yun-Fat's "Bulletproof monk" or Chan & Jet Li's "Forbidden kingdom".

Pasi Myyryläinen on May 20, 2014


I could watch Chan in any role. Especially, fighting.

DAVIDPD on May 20, 2014

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