Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson Returning for ‘Shanghai Dawn’ 1 45


In what I’m sure will rival Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, it looks like they’re moving ahead with another movie in the Shanghai Noon/Knights franchise, with stars Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson set to return.

Kidding aside, Tracking-Board has the exclusive on the story that the studio is, indeed, bringing us another installment in the comedy-action franchise, this time entitled Shanghai Dawn. Only Chan and Wilson are set to return at this point, with a writer currently being sought and no word of a director as of yet.

Shanghai Noon was a fun first movie and a decent size hit upon release, making a loveable new comedy action duo out of Chan and Wilson, the former of whom had already struck that chord with Chris Tucker in Rush Hour. The sequel Shanghai Knights, which saw the duo head to England for another haphazard adventure, wasn’t as well received – maybe the change in director from Tom Dey to David Dobkin had something to do with that? – making a fair bit less money at the box office than its predecessor.

Immediate plans for a third film were then put on the back-burner but perhaps the 12 years away will allow them to come at the franchise with fresh ideas on how to make it as good as it once was. I’m just glad they’re bringing back Chan and Wilson as trying to recast it as a Shanghai: The Next Generation sort of thing would be disastrous.

We’ll keep you up-to-date on news about Shanghai Dawn as we hear it.

Source: Tracking-Board

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Watch: Incredible New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ 0 97


We don’t usually post trailers individually – saving them for the Trailer Watch – but this one was just too good to pass up.

The Revenant is the new film from acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who most recently won an Oscar for Birdman. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a tale of a forntierman in 1820 who sets out on a path of vengeance who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

We already had one amazing teaser trailer, now check out the equally great new trailer below:

Could this be the film that finally wins Leo his Best Actor Oscar? Quite possibly!

The Revenant is set for release in the UK on January 15th, 2016.

Vincent Cassel To Play Villain in Next ‘Bourne’ Film 0 36


After a fourth Bourne film in which Jason himself was conspicuous by his absence, things are returning to the old but brilliant formula of Matt Damon starring and Paul Greengrass directing.

We already know that in addition to Damon returning (rejoice!), Tommy Lee Jones and woman-of-the-moment Alicia Vikander are part of the cast, playing a tough CIA operative and (presumed) love interest, respectively, as well as Julia Stiles reprising her small but crucial role as Bourne helper Nicky Parsons. But now we’re getting word that one of the best French actors in the business is also joining the cast.

Variety has the news that the wonderful Vincent Cassel has signed on to the spy action sequel as its main villain, which will see him match wits and possibly even go toe-to-toe go with the former amnesiac hero. Although exact plot details are being kept secret for the time being, sources are saying that Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. No doubt he will tie in with the Treadstone/Blackbriar history of the Bourne mythology – maybe he’ll be a scorned fellow assassin who feels Bourne somehow wronged him/was chosen ahead of him.

The series has a pedigree of casting great actors as assassins, whether it be Clive Owen in The Bourne Identity, Karl Urban in Supremacy, Edgar Ramirez in Ultimatum and Oscar Isaac in Legacy.

I was already looking forward to the return of the Damon-Greengrass team but the addition of Cassel – genuinely one of my favourite actors of modern times – only makes me wish next summer would get here sooner.

The as-yet-untitled Bourne sequel is set to start shooting this year for a July 29th, 2016 release date.

Source: Variety