Well, finally. After 13 years of talk, rumor has it Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan will finally be reprising their roles in the third installment of MGM’s “Shanghai Noon” comedy series, “Shanghai Dawn,” but this time, it will be helmed by “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess.
If you aren’t familiar, the “Shanghai” films are a modern, buddy-pic combo plate of Western meets Kung-Fu movie; in the first, Chon Wang (Jackie Chan), an Imperial guard, trails the captors of a Chinese princess to Nevada with the intention to save her, there meeting his cowboy outlaw partner Roy O’Bannon, (Owen Wilson) who helps him do just that. In the second installment, 2003’s “Shanghai Knights,” the duo bring their shenanigans to London to seek revenge for the murder of Chon’s estranged father.
Both films saw major box office success, grossing $100 and $88 million globally, respectively.
Details are fairly tight-lipped at this point, but we do know that Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who wrote the first two films, will serve as executive producers on “Shanghai Dawn,” and the newest script came from writers Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum.
Looks like things are really heating up for Hess. In addition, his long-awaited and repeatedly postponed comedy “Masterminds” is out this month, starring Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis.