Saturday, 25 July 2015

Martin Campbell in talks to direct Jackie Chan's next film

Last month we reported that the producers behind Jackie Chan's latest action thriller, The Foreigner, were in talks with Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) to direct the film, based on Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman. Now word arrives via Deadline that the movie is currently untitled and that Cassavetes is no longer circling the project, with Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) ready to take on the job instead.

This actually represents a full circle for the film, as Campbell was actually involved in it's development before being lured away to tackle Relativity Media's Hunter Killer. But with that company in financial dire straights, Hunter Killer is in limbo and Campbell is once again free to take on other projects.

Chan will play a restaurant owner in London's Chinatown who is devastated in an attack orchestrated by rogue Irish terrorists. When the justice system brings him no satisfaction, he decides to track down the people responsible himself. With David Marconi (Live Free Or Die Hard) and Peter Buchman (Jurassic Park III) adapting Leather's novel, the film should be in production later this year.

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