Harlin used to be one of my favourite directors of action movies with the likes of Cliffhanger, Die Hard 2 and especially The Long Kiss Goodnight, which as we reported a while back he may be making a sequel too. It’s fair to say though the man’s work has seriously dipped in quality since those great days and The Legend Of Hercules, his last film, was very poor indeed. Back in March, Harlin’s next movie was going to be crime action thriller Fallen Cross, but now it would seen that he’s goinjg to work with Jackie Chan on his comedy Skiptrace.
Skiptrace with have Chan as a Hong Kong detective who discovers that his niece is in trouble with a crime lord. With regular legal channels closed to him, our hero must instead turn to a loudmouth American, who himself is having some issues with the mob, as the one person who can actually help. This sounds like an attempt to partially replicate the Rush Hour movies, and they were both successful and great fun, though Skiptrace‘s script has been through a whole load of writers including Jay Longino, Brian Gatewood, Alessandro Tanaka, Geoff Moore, David Posmentier and BenDavid Grabinski. Chan has been mainly doing Hong Kong films recently, so his return to American cinema is very welcome, though it does sound like he’s playing another role which he is a little old for.
Harlin is scheduled to begn shooting on Skiptrace in August. The film will also star Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing.