Jet Li May Join Jackie Chan and Zhang Yimou in Martial Arts Film

An interview with the Chinese newspaper Nanfang Daily yielded news of a possible cinematic dream team: Jackie Chan, director Zhang Yimou ("House of Flying Daggers," "Raise the Red Lantern"), and, potentially, Jet Li. As noted at www.monkeypeaches.com, Zhang's producer/creative partner Zhang Weiping told the paper that they are at work on the script for the film, which would star Chan but would not be a comedy. Li is also looking to break out of his image, saying he would like to do something beyond martial arts films unless he loved the script. Both Chan and Li have expressed interest in working with one another; Li worked under Zhang's direction in "Hero."

Comments

Broken Sword

m reed

If there can only be one person to make this work than it's Yimou.

Surely this won't be treated as no indie or foreign flick.

With or with out Jet- it'll be another foreign language flick opening number one at the box office (the other being HERO) !!!! Which is really a rarity.

Aug 17 - 07:16 PM

rcbaker87

Clay Baker

[b]Chan, Li, Yimou,[/b]
Ive always wanted to see an action movie with Jackie Chan, & Jet Li. But with director Zhang Yimou oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. This will be awesome. If they make it.

Aug 17 - 07:27 PM

GandalfTheWhite

Tom Hargrove

[b]Yes[/b]
Here here, I can't wait. At least in the meantime, we have Seven Swords and Ye Yan coming up soon for the arthouse wuxia films.

Aug 17 - 10:07 PM

saiyajinX

Bryan Brooks

Hell!!!! YESSS!!!! I have wanted to see these two in a film for a long time and with Yimou at the wheel it is bound to be spectacular!!!

Aug 17 - 11:05 PM

Roadhg67

Richard Wells

Yimou, i have to say, is one of the most inspirational directors of our time...

Aug 18 - 01:18 AM

lonechicken

Han Nguyen

Please please please add Donnie Yen as well if Jet Li really joins. That'd be THE dream team!

Aug 18 - 05:38 AM

The Senhman

Senh Duong

That would be amazing! And while he's at it, might as well get Tony Ja to do a cameo too :) Jackie did a cameo for Ja's new film; maybe Ja would do the same for Jackie.

Aug 18 - 02:10 PM

InfinityCorp

A A

Double please please please... This kind of thing doesn't happen enough in film. I assume its because of the difficult balancing act between ego and budget. It is still a great treat to watch DeNiro and Pacino together in, "HEAT", and seeing Chan and Li would be fantastic!

Aug 18 - 03:07 PM

The Senhman

Senh Duong

That would be amazing! And while he's at it, might as well get Tony Ja to do a cameo too :) Jackie did a cameo for Ja's new film; maybe Ja would do the same for Jackie.

Aug 18 - 02:10 PM

InfinityCorp

A A

Double please please please... This kind of thing doesn't happen enough in film. I assume its because of the difficult balancing act between ego and budget. It is still a great treat to watch DeNiro and Pacino together in, "HEAT", and seeing Chan and Li would be fantastic!

Aug 18 - 03:07 PM

slavesandbulldozers

chris eoff

I though hero was an amazing film, and house of flying daggers was great too, so I'll definitley look forward to this one.

Aug 19 - 10:32 AM

pota1967

David Jones

If they add Chris Tucker its a sure fire cant miss woo hoo

Aug 20 - 07:46 PM

countrycolors1

Eric Hwang

Sorta an old martial arts fan fantasy to put Jackie and Jet together, but the fantasy was for them to work together in a movie where they could play their existing personas. Throw Zhang Yimou in there and that means you've got Jackie playing very largely against type and probably doing a lot more wirework and formal martial arts work too, which are all things he doesn't do very well. I suppose he could surprise us, but it could fall flat on its face too. Also doesn't sound like Jet Li is even confirmed, and he's the one whose sensibilities really fit Yimou's style. Sounds like the sort of thing that might not survive through development in its current form. One of those publicity stunt kind of casting notices to build up word of mouth and buzz on the project in the early stages.

Aug 24 - 03:54 PM

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