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Renny Harlin to Direct Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’

Action specialist Renny Harlin is in talks to direct Jackie Chan’s action-comedy “Skiptrace,” replacing Sam Fell.

Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing remain on board the project, in which Chan will portray a Hong Kong detective tracking a crime boss who teams up with a mouthy American gambler on the run from his creditors. Bingbing portrays the niece of Chan’s character, who gets into trouble with a crime syndicate.

Production is set to start in August.

“Skiptrace” is written by Jay Longino with revisions by Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka and Geoff Moore & David Posamentier and BenDavid Grabinski.

Talent International and Dasym Entertainment will produce along with Chan, Esmond Ren, Charlie Coker, Damien Saccani and David Gerson.

The project had come to Cannes a year ago via Exclusive Media, which was restructured earlier this year. The film is financed by Talent International and Dasym Entertainment, a subsidiary of Dasym Investment Strategies B.V., Exclusive Media’s parent.

Newly minted sales company Bloom, headed by former Exclusive Media exec Alex Walton and Ken Kao, will handle international sales on the film at Cannes.

Harlin directed “Legend of Hercules,” starring Kellan Lutz. His credits include “Die Hard 2” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”

Harlin is repped by UTA.

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