Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan and director Stanley Tong will co-write and co-direct an action adventure tentatively titled Chinese Zodiac. JackieChan will star in the $37m (RMB250m) film.
Tong told Screendaily that the project is currently at script stage and will be produced by Emperor Dragon Movies, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures. Other main cast and story details have yet to be announced.
According to Tong, Chan began talking to him about the story six years ago and it involves treasure hunts in various cities around the world. Tong has previously collaborated with Chan on Rumble In The Bronx, Police Story and The Myth.
Chinese Zodiac will mark Jackie Chan’s 100th film in his more than 30-year-long filmmaking career. It will be his first directorial work in 11 years following Who Am I? in 1998.
Tong said shooting of the film will start around September/October in locations including Beijing, Hong Kong, France, Vienna and Kazakhstan.
Chan has just finished shooting Chinese-language action road movie Big Soldier directed by Ding Sheng and also starring Wang Lee-hom. In June, he will start work on US-China co-production Kung Fu Kid with Will Smith’s son, Jaden Smith.