Way back in May of 2015, it was heavily rumored that Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson were ready to reunite for Shanghai Dawn, the third chapter in their Shanghai Noon trilogy, following the original in 2000 and Shanghai Knights in 2003. Now, it's being reported that the long awaited sequel is finally moving forward. Both actors will return to their roles as Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon.
Shanghai Dawn is currently in development at MGM. Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess will be at the helm of this next Western adventure. Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, who wrote the first two movies, are responsible for the story. Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum are writing the script.
No story details have been released at this time. The first movie follows the bumbling Chon Wang (Jackie Chan), who works as an Imperial guard in the Forbidden City of China. When Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu) is taken hostage, Wang pursues her captors to the wild frontier land of Nevada, where he meets good-natured thief and occasional cowboy Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson). Using O'Bannon's love of money, Wang convinces him to help recover the princess, and together the two form a curious partnership, the likes of which the West has never seen.
In the follow-up Shanghai Knights, Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon are back in the saddle, off the range, and out to settle a score in civilized London. When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds. Deadline reports that Spyglass Entertainment is producing alongside executive producers Millar and Gough.
Jared Hess' long delayed comedy Masterminds will finally be in theaters on September 30. He previously directed Don Verdean, which was released in 2015. Jackie Chan can currently be seen starring opposite Johnny Knoxville in the action comedy Skiptrace. He will also be voicing a character in The Lego Ninjago Movie. Owen Wilson will next be seen co-starring in Masterminds opposite Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis.