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Sylvester Stallone has wanted Jackie Chan for an Expendables film, but I’m pretty happy that Chan has resisted, and made Police Story 2013 instead of The Expendables 3. OK, I haven’t actually seen this new Police Story film yet, but the first trailer was pleasantly intense, and this new look at the movie is also pretty dark and dank, with hints of great action.

In this film, which is a “spiritual sequel” to the previous five films in the series, Shen Ding directs Chan as an Interpol officer from mainland China who investigates a kidnapping case. The last film in the series, New Police Story, was effectively a reboot, with darker, meaner action than the films that preceded it. This film seems to continue that tone. Check out a new head-busting trailer below. Read More »

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Among Jackie Chan‘s wonderful run of ’80s films, in that period when the writer/director/actor really became a superstar, some of the best are the first two Police Story movies. They’re brilliantly, gleefully anarchic when it comes to action, with Chan destroying shopping malls and shantytowns all for the benefit of the audience. But they can be sweet and almost naive from a character perspective, in a way that makes them feel like products of a time more removed than 25 years from now.

The third film in the series, Supercop, lost just a bit of the pleasant earnestness but more than made up for it with spectacularly huge stunts that shamed Hollywood productions of the early ’90s. The movie was huge. There were two more films, too, one of which was a reboot.

Now there’s a new film in the series — which is a spiritual sequel, sharing only Chan and the title with the first films — and it looks a lot more grim and gritty than anything else in the series. (Even more so than New Police Story, the remake from ’04.) But the stunts still look great, even if they’re not up to the standard Chan set at his peak over 20 years ago. Check out the trailer for Police Story 2013 below. Read More »

Franchises return, franchises go away and franchises start a new in today’s Sequel Bits.

  • James Cameron might add Chinese Na’vi to Avatar 2.
  • The said to be soon-retired Jackie Chan might make Police Story 2013.
  • A major party scene in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will film in Atlanta.
  • Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan share a bed in the first still from Scary Movie 5.
  • Paramount is hoping Tom Cruise‘s Jack Reacher will start its own franchise, and mark the beginning of a franchise focus at the studio.
  • Producer Avi Lerner keep mentioning names he wants for The Expendables 3: Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, the return of Mickey Rourke etc.
  • A sequel to 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, 28 Months Later, no longer looks likely.

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