Despite years as one of the greatest Chinese film exports of all time, Jackie Chan doesn’t really bring in the American box office dollars anymore. Proof? Did you even know he had a film with Johnny Knoxville called Skiptrace come out recently? Because I didn’t. But China sure did, as the movie opened with a solid $60 million US in the country. So maybe it’s not so surprising that 13 years after the last entry, Chan is reteaming with Owen Wilson to bring back the Shanghai Noon franchise.
The third movie in the series following Shanghai Knights will fittingly be entitled Shanghai Dawn. The Hollywood Reporter (via The Playlist) reports that Jared Hess (Napolean Dynamite, the forthcoming Wilson-starrer Masterminds) will direct from a script by Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum. Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who co-wrote the original two movies, contributed to the story, which is currently being kept under wraps. However, Noon was set in the old west and Knights was set in England; considering this threequel is likely looking to make a big splash in the Chinese market, don’t be surprised if Chon Wang and Roy O’Bannon dusting it up in China for Dawn.
THR notes that neither Chan nor Wilson has officially signed on for the project, but negotiations are nearing a conclusion.