Director Renny Harlin’s 2016 action-comedy “Skiptrace” with Jackie Chan doesn’t hit U.S. theaters until September, but Harlin is already onto his next project, the Chinese-language action “Legend of the Ancient Sword,” Variety reports.
Based on a 3-D video game that also led to a TV series, the movie centers on an ancient, demonic sword called the Sword of Burning Solitude. The project is currently in pre-production and begins shooting in October. Alibaba Pictures Group, the movie division of China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba, is producing and handling Chinese distribution.
“This is a big, epic fantasy adventure,” Harlin told Variety. “My ambition is to integrate this Chinese property with Hollywood story telling and visual effects and to introduce new fighting techniques.”
The budget for “Legend of the Ancient Sword” has not been disclosed, but sources at Alibaba told Variety the project is “substantial by Chinese standards,” comparing it to the “Harry Potter” movies. Alibaba reportedly has plans for a three-film franchise for the video game adaptation.
According to IMDB Pro, Harlin is also attached as a producer on “The Long Kiss Goodnight 2,” the sequel to his 1996 action film starring Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson. Prior to “Skiptrace,” he directed 2014’s “The Legend of Hercules.”