Chan is saying goodbye to action films and hello to Merchant Ivory films…
When Jackie Chanannounced — back in May — that he was retiring from action films to become the “Asian Robert De Niro” I spent four days in a dark room surrounded only by a chipped bottle of Boone’s Farm (it was reduced), a bag of pretzels, and a pile of regret about the fact that I had been born too early to witness the full impact of the one they I call “Chan the Man”. Thankfully though, sunshine has been allowed to peek in through the black paint on my windows — the trailer has arrived for Chan’s new $37 million dollar action epic Chinese Zodiac, which is Chan’s 100th film. The actor also wrote, directed, and ostensibly choreographed those sick sick rollerblade moves that you are about to feast your lucky eyes upon.
Synopsis: It’s a Chinese remake ofthe Seth Green r-blade epic Airborne, right?
Jackie Chan has been the face of Martial Arts since the 90’s, but today he hangs his cap. While promoting his latest film Chinese Zodiac at Cannes, Jackie Chan officially announced that he would be retiring from acting in action films.
“[Chinese Zodiac] is my last action film. I tell you, I’m not young any more. I’m really, really tired. And the world is too violent right now. It’s a dilemma – I like action but I don’t like violence.
I want the audience to know also I’m not only a comedian. I can act. Day by day, year by year, I’m going to show you the real Jackie Chan.
I don’t just want to be an action star, I want to be a true actor. I want to get rid of my image.”
So at 58 years-old, it is understandable that the actor feels its time to keep himself from harm, and build a different image for himself. Jackie Chan has starred in over 100 films, most of which were in the action genre. His current decision is said to be a combination of wanting serious acting roles, and just being to tired to keep up with the high stakes in current action films, which revolve around larger amounts becoming tired of starring in films that revolve around large amounts of violence.
This news makes the JC Film Nostalgia come up, so check out this video clip of Rush Hour Bloopers, and tell us what you think of the announcement.
EDITORS NOTE: Yes, I’m pretty sure uttering the phrase “sequel to The Karate Kid remake” opened the gates of hell.
Surprisingly, I did not hate the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. I wanted to, hell, I was prepared to set my local theater on fire in protest of 80’s sacrilege. I mean how dare they remake The Karate Kid, right? Well, the film exceeded my expectations. After viewing, I was left with a classic “not bad” face. I think it successfully paid homage to the original with it’s humiliation to humility to a climactic showdown, complete with a deciding slow-motion kick.
With that said, I still get mad when I see The Karate Kid ON DEMAND only to find it’s the 2010 version and not the original. Sour face every time.
So, the 2010 remake was home-run hit for Sony, grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally. Naturally, a sequel was immediately set into motion with screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif hired to craft a story. That was about a year and a half ago.
According to Variety, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, has now been tapped to do a rewrite on The Karate Kid 2.
OK, I think I can ready my torch burning kit again. Seriously, Zak Penn?! *facepalm*
At this time no other details have been mentioned, but stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are obviously expected to return. Perhaps the story will have the duo going to Okinawa like in The Karate Kid Part II.
Well as you all may know, I have in the past expressed my extreme hostility and resistance towards the new Karate Kid Reboot. Well they’ve finally released a trailer, and while I am less afraid of a shit film, I am still concerned that this film may have some aspects and scents of the first film, but it still shouldn’t be a spike in the same vein of Ralph Machio’s Karate Kid.
Check out the trailer. I think it doesn’t look TERRIBLE, but its still no KK..Will this disintegrate your childhood memories of a hero who would fight for your honor??? Or will this movie be a kid friendly flick, just whoring the name for some XXXTRA cash?
So, do you think that this movie warrants the title Karate Kid? Or should it have been the Kung Fu kid as it was originally intended to be?