H'wood fighting for actioner
New Line Cinema will renew its relationship with Jackie Chan, star of the studio’s highly successful 1998 release “Rush Hour,” on the comedy actioner “Nosebleed.”
New Line paid $600,000 against $850,000 for the pitch amid intense interest from several quarters late Thursday night. Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner will write the screenplay and Chan is attached to star and exec produce.
Chan’s manager, Brian Gersh of Blue Train Entertainment, will produce, while Willie Chan and Solon So will exec produce alongside the action star.
Other parties showing interest in the pitch included Steven Reuther’s Bel Air Entertainment, Davis Entertainment, Neal Moritz’s Original Films and Donald DeLine’s DeLine Pictures.
But VP Brian Witten moved quickly to secure the pitch for New Line, which has seen “Rush Hour” become one of its highest-grossing releases of all time, with a worldwide take so far of more than $162 million.
In “Nosebleed,” Chan plays a window washer at the World Trade Center who takes a fancy to a waitress who works at the Windows of the World restaurant atop the center. The pair subsequently get caught up in a plot to bomb the twin towers.
Zicherman and Metzner came up with the storyline and then brought it to Blue Train, where it was developed for Chan. Blue Train’s Brad Schenck, who brought the project into the management-production banner, will co-produce.
New Line is developing a sequel to “Rush Hour” — which also starred Chris Tucker and was directed by Brett Ratner — although of the three principals only Ratner has committed to it.
Zicherman’s writing credits include the Chris O’Donnell vehicle “Y2K” at Warner Bros. and “A Day in November,” which Warner Bros. bought for producer Arnold Kopelson in 1995.
New Line VP Jay Stern and New Line Prods. prexy Michael De Luca will also oversee “Nosebleed” for the studio.
The William Morris Agency’s David Lubliner negotiated for Zicherman, Metzner and Gersh. Attorney Tom Hansen also repped Gersh.