Scribes join Fox’s ‘Chan’ clan

Updated pic follows sleuthing relative of original

Fox has hired “X2: X-Men United” scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris to pen the studio’s planned revisiting of its classic “Charlie Chan” film franchise, with Lucy Liu attached to star and produce.

Latest adaptation is planned to be an actioner featuring Liu as sleuthing relative of Charlie Chan, a Chinese detective who worked for the Honolulu Police Dept. but traveled the world solving crimes, while pithily delivering Chinese proverbs.

Original character, created by Earl Derr Biggers, was featured in 44 pics produced by Fox and later Monogram Studios from 1931 to 1949, with six different actors portraying the detective during the length of the series.

Dougherty and Harris recently made their feature writing bows penning the superhero sequel “X2” for Fox, which hits multiplexes Friday. Duo shares credit with David Hayter on the pic, helmed by Bryan Singer.

Also an animator and illustrator, Dougherty most recently wrote the horror thriller “Trick or Treat,” with Stan Winston attached to produce. Pic had been set up at New Regency.

Harris is set to helm “Imaginary Heroes,” an indie family drama, which he wrote, set to star Sigourney Weaver and Patrick Fugit.

The writing team is repped by the William Morris Agency. Dougherty is also repped by AniManagement.

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