Posted by Matt Juul @MattJuul
Digital Arts and Entertainment Writer at Boston Magazine
Matt Juul

Roy O'Bannon and the Shanghai Kid will ride off into the sunset at least one more time.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson are in negotiations to hop back into the saddle for a third installment of MGM's hit western comedy franchise Shanghai Noon. The upcoming sequel, titled Shanghai Dawn, will be helmed by Jared Hess, who splashed onto the Hollywood scene after directing the cult classic 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite.

While details about the project are pretty scarce, the story is reportedly the brainchild of Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, the team that penned both the 2000 film and its 2003 sequel Shanghai Knights. Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum are apparently the scribes behind the Shanghai Dawn script.

The original flick about an Imperial Guard who crosses paths with an outlaw and end up saving a Chinese princess was a solid box office success when it debuted. Shanghai Noon, which also starred Lucy Liu, almost doubled its budget with a nearly $100 million haul.

Shanghai Knights, although not as beloved by critics, earned a solid $88 million box office return following its release.

It will be interesting to see if audiences are still in love with this comedy western duo after all the years. If they have an homage to this scene, though, the project should do just fine.

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