It looks like after many years of near-misses, Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan will be working together on a fully-fledged action film, ‘Ex Baghdad‘…
They’ve long admired each other’s work, and often spoken about their intention to work together. Stallone name dropped Jackie Chan in Demolition Man and Chan visited the set, and the two of them did appear briefly together in cameos as fictionalised versions of themselves in the notorious Burn Hollywood Burn/An Alan Smithee Film. Stallone was also present for Chan receiving his Lifetime Achievement Academy Award, borrowed the opening of Jackie’s Police Story for Tango and Cash, and there was talk of Chan appearing in a chapter of The Expendables… but now it looks like they are finally going to officially team up for an action thriller entitled Ex-Baghdad.
Announced as a project to be helmed by director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor, Need for Speed), the Arash Amel written project will be a US$80 million +film will be produced through Chan’s new Sparkle Roll Media as well as Qi Jianhong and Talent International.
The premise: When a Chinese Oil Refinery in Irag comes under attack, a Chinese Private Security Contractor (Chan) is called in to extract the oil workers. He learns that the attackers have another motive for their attack, and teams up with a former US Marine (Stallone) to stop them.
There’s no word yet on additional cast and crew, but the idea of Jackie’s stunt team choreographing action with Waugh at the helm and two of the most physical action heroes in modern cinema finally teaming up and kicking and taking names has us excited!