Besting several other studio suitors, Paramount Pictures has booked passage for the domestic leg of the upcoming Jackie Chan starrer “Around the World in Eighty Days.”
No terms were disclosed, and it’s not known yet who will distribute the film in the rest of the world.
Walden Media is financing the reinterpretation of the 1956 adventure pic, with Frank Coraci (“The Wedding Singer,” “The Waterboy”) aboard as helmer.
Pic, penned by Michael D. Weiss and David Titcher, is eyeing a fall start for lensing. Chan just completed shooting on Spyglass Entertainment’s “Shanghai Knights,” the sequel to 2000 comedy oater “Shanghai Noon.”
Focus on Chan’s character
“Around the World in Eighty Days” is based on the Jules Verne novel and set during the Industrial Revolution. But unlike the version that starred David Niven as intrepid adventurer Phileas Fogg, emphasis in the new pic shifts to Chan’s Passepartout character, who, after stealing a valuable jade Buddha, seeks refuge with London inventor Fogg. That role has yet to be cast.
As in the original, the crux of the story is Fogg’s bet with members of his club that a man can traverse the globe in 80 days. Revision has Passepartout teaching Fogg to open his mind to the different cultures he encounters en route to winning his bet.