If Tuesday’s reported Jackie Chan’s venture is any bit as thrilling and edgy as The Foreigner, there’s a good chance it’ll be something to remember. Scott Waugh, rebounding from loose 2014 game adaptation, Need For Speed, is at the helm according to Borys Kit and Mia Galuppo at The Hollywood Reporter for tentatively titled Project X with Chan headlining next to actor John Cena.
Production plans and further casting details remain pending for the film which Chan will produce as well as star; He will play a Chinese private security contractor called in to extract oil workers from China-run oil refinery in the Middle East when it is attacked. He soon teams up with a former U.S. Marine – to be played by Cena – to stop the attackers when he learns of their real plan to steal a fortune in oil.
The report marks the latest evolution of this project following news issued last May when the project was announced as Ex-Baghdad with Sylvester Stallone attached.
Also producing are Joe Tam, Esmond Ren and Hans Canosa.
Cena is currently set to appear in Travis Knight’s Bumblebee for Paramount Pictures with roles in an upcoming adaptation of Duke Nukem and the Dwayne Johnson-produced The Janson Directive.