Tracking Board brings word that MGM is moving forward with Shanghai Dawn, the third film in the Shanghai Noon series, with both Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson set to reprise their roles of Chon Wang and Roy O’Bannon. The project is currently seeking writers.
Shanghai Noon was an action-comedy combination of the Western and kung fu genre and was released fresh off the heels of Chan’s other notable buddy pairing franchise, “Rush Hour.” The first movie hit theaters 15 years ago and grossed just under $100 million at the global box office. The film was written by screenwriting duo Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and directed by Tom Dey. A sequel, Shanghai Knights, was released in 2003 and saw the pair travel to London. It grossed $88 million at the global box office.
Talk of a third film in the series came up upon the release of the second movie, and was even referred to at the time as Shanghai Dawn, though it previously never materialized.
“There’s talk about going to Egypt,” Wilson told Empire back in 2003. “This does seem like a Hope/Crosby thing. You can put the characters in all different situations and it works.”
Where would you like to see Wang and O’Bannon head in the next film? Check back here for more updates on the film as we learn them.
Jackie Chan Signs On For "Shanghai Dawn" With Owen Wilson, In Talks With The "Expendables" Franchise Too
2000’s Shanghai Noon, an American-Chinese western that paired the overly talkative outlaw Roy O’Bannon (Wilson) with the loyal member of the Chinese Imperial Guard Chon Wang (Chan) in a story that involved them rescuing a princess, was enough of a hit to warrant a sequel. Three years later, Shanghai Knights hit theaters, earning slightly more than the original.
Last year, Chan spoke with Den of Geek, and while he’s said in multiple interviews he’s done with big action films (he’s in his 60s), he’s in talks to return or join several major franchises, from Expendables 4and Rush Hour 4 to Karate Kid 2 and yes, Shanghai Dawn. At the time, he just said “in talks” but according to Tracking Board‘s new report, MGM is actually now moving forward with the sequel to Shanghai Knights.
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Almost a year ago, I wrote a blog post about Jackie Chan’s next project potentially being another installment in the Shanghai films, along side Owen Wilson. Today its being reported (via. Tracking Board/ The Hollywood Reporter) that MGM is moving forward with the project, with both Wilson and Chan attached to reprise their roles. The only other confirmation on Shanghai Dawn is that Jonathan Glickman will produce. Glickman also produced all the previous Rush Hour and Shanghai films.
I’ll buy the idea of Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson teaming up again. I thought both actors were hilarious together during Shanghai Noon. I actually watched that film last month and was still entertained. Its never a bad thing to have more Jackie Chan. The 61 year old action star has given me many memorable Kung Fu/Action/Comedy films that I enjoyed watching growing up. Since Expendables 4 is also on the way, I hope he considers signing on, and that the cast is MUCH smaller. Owen Wilson is currently busy with production on Zoolander 2.
Shanghai Dawn has no current release date.
Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson to ‘reunite for Shanghai Noon sequel Shanghai Dawn’
This one can probably join Independence Day 2 and Rocky Creed under Sequels We Don’t Really Need.
According to The Tracking Board Chan and Wilson are on board for Shanghai Dawn, the third film after 2000’s Shanghai Noon and 2003 follow up Shanghai Knights.
The buddy cop comedy series starred Wilson as a gun-slinging train robber and Chan as a member of the Chinese Imperial Guard on a mission to rescue a kidnapped princess. The title was a play on classic western High Noon.
Tracking Board say: ‘MGM is officially moving forward with the third film in the series that consists of the 2000 film Shanghai Noon, and the 2003 sequel Shanghai Knights.
‘Jonathan Glickman will oversee the project for the studio, with a writer still currently being sought.’
Glickman produced all of the Shanghai films as well as the Rush Hour series (which also starred Chan), so it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing.
Plus a third film means we get more brilliantly loopy fight scenes like this one.
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Ok, for all the C-enternainment maniac, you have to know these words because they are used so often in the Chinese Entertainment! Here we go:
Nanshen男神: Male God or a male celebrity worshipped by a lot of people/very popular.
Nushen 女神: Female Goddess or a female celebrity worshipped by a lot of people/very popular.
小鲜肉 or Xiao Xian Rou or Fresh Meat: It is a noun used to describe young male (actor, singer, athlete) mostly under 30 years old who is very popular right now. A synonym to new blood.
Nuan Nan 暖男: Warm Man: Man who is friendly, caring, and positive or basically the perfect husband all girls should be looking for.
HuaMeiNan 花美男: Flower Boy
Duang: Word used by Jackie Chan first for his shampoo commercial that actually has no meaning. Netizens uses it a lot to poke fun at JC. The attributed definition: When your hair looks bouncy and vibrant. Nowadays, thanks to all the Cnetizens using it, it means ‘cool!’
38 三八, who is considered as a bitch
250 二百五, which means someone who is stupid
2B 二屄, stupid, by making a sexual reference
Bonus: Expression from popular drama
鱼塘夫妇 Ponds couple: Basically viral expression to describe Feng Tang and Xue ShanShan from Boss&Me. The expression comes from that scene when Feng Tang tells Shanshan that he reserved the whole pond/lake for her (like all the fishes are for her to catch xD).
不一样的美男 Not your average Flower Boy: Expression comes from the 2015 c-drama ‘A Different Kind of Pretty Man’, but used in a different context. It is a hashtag used on weibo to laugh at some c-actors for their weird performances. Example below