Jared Hess to Direct Shanghai Dawn Starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson


Although Jackie Chan’s latest film Skiptrace finds him starring opposite Johnny Knoxville of all people, it looks as though he is getting ready to reteam with another North American star for a sequel to one of his most successful Hollywood franchises from the early 2000s. No, we’re not talking about Rush Hour 4, but rather a third installment in the Shanghai Noon series co-starring Owen Wilson. Loosely titled Shanghai Dawn, we heard rumours that MGM was trying to get this project off the ground last year. Now it appears that they actually have a director attached and it happens to be the man who brought us Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. Interested? Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to THR, Jared Hess has signed on to direct Shanghai Dawn, the third installment in the Shanghai Noon series, for MGM. Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson are both in negotiations to reprise their roles as Chinese guard turned sheriff Chon Wang and American outlaw Roy O’Bannon in the upcoming buddy action-comedy-western. Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who wrote the first two films, came up with the story while Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum (El Tigre) wrote the screenplay.

The original Shanghai Noon made $99 million back in 2000 while the sequel, Shanghai Knights, made just $88 million back in 2003. It seems unlikely that there are a lot of people out there clamoring for a conclusion to this trilogy some 13 years later, and yet this is precisely the kind of comedic movie that Jackie Chan can still pull off without having to worry about high intensity action scenes. I haven’t seen the first two movies but with Jared Hess involved, my curiosity is definitely piqued. Hess’s long-delayed film Masterminds will finally hit theatres later this month. Are you interested in saddling up for Shanghai Dawn?

  • Deven Science

    The first two had some decent action sequences, and a couple of good comedy moments, but much of it was VERY badly written. They tried to write in Wyatt Earp, Sherlock Holmes, and many other very clumsy references. The first was definitely better than the second.

  • Kasper

    Shanghai Noon was such a fun movie, and while Shanghai Knights was watchable it was nowhere near as good as the first.

  • LordAwesome

    Shanghai Noon is his best US movie, while Shanghai Knights has his best US fight scenes so I’m looking forward to this but I wish Jackie would direct it himself.