×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Li is the ‘One’ for Roth pic

Action star still waiting on 'Hornet' script

Jet Li will be paid upwards of $7.5 million to play the lead in Revolution Studios’ “The One,” to be helmed by Jim Wong from a script he co-wrote with writing partner Glen Morgan.

Universal Pictures had a pay-or-play option on Li and hopes he will still star in “The Green Hornet,” tackling the role of Kato (Daily Variety, June 22). The “Hornet” script, however, is not yet ready, which enables Li to move on to “The One” while his attachment to “Hornet” remains intact.

In “The One,” Li replaces the Rock, who was to take the lead but elected to star in Universal’s “The Scorpion King” instead. Wong and Morgan are rewriting “The One” for Li.

Morgan will produce along with Steve Chasman and Charles Newirth. Corey Yuen will serve as the director of all the action sequences in the film. Happy Walters is exec producer. Production is slated to begin in January, while the pic is slated for an August release.

Popular on Variety

“The One” is the story of a cop who must fight his evil double from a parallel universe in order to save himself and the world.

Li is in Paris lensing Luc Besson’s “Kiss of the Dragon,” co-starring Tcheky Karyo and Bridget Fonda. The action star will also likely co-star in both sequels to “The Matrix.”

Morgan and Wong, repped by Endeavor, wrote “Final Destination” for New Line.

Li is managed by Steve Chasman; his attorneys are Jake Bloom and David Feldman at Bloom, Hergott, Deimer and Cook.

More Film

  • Imogen Poots

    'Black Christmas' Star Imogen Poots on Why Male Horror Fans Should See Slasher Remake

    “Black Christmas” is the second remake of the 1974 slasher classic, which centers on a group of sorority sisters stalked by an unknown murderer. While the original had the female protagonists (SPOILER) offed, in this one, the women fight back. “It’s been called a re-imagining of the original, and I think, in ways that the [...]

  • Imogen Poots as Riley in "Black

    'Black Christmas': Film Review

    “Black Christmas,” a low-budget Canadian horror movie released in 1974, was a slasher thriller with a difference: It was the very first one! Okay, there were more than a few precedents, from “Psycho” (the great-granddaddy of the genre) to “The Last House on the Left” and “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” to Mario Bava’s “A [...]

  • David Benioff, D.B. Weiss. Creators and

    'Game of Thrones' Creators to Develop H.P. Lovecraft Movie at Warner Bros.

    Following their exit from the “Star Wars” universe, “Game of Thrones” co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found their replacement pic, signing on to produce an untitled thriller based on the graphic novel “Lovecraft” for Warner Bros. It is unknown if they will also direct the project, but they’ve already set Phil Hay and [...]

  • Little Women Greta Gerwig BTS

    Greta Gerwig and 'Little Women' Crew Mix Modern and Classical

    Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Sony’s “Little Women,” a new look at Louisa May Alcott’s much-loved 19th-century classic. Eager to pay tribute to her artisan colleagues, Gerwig says, “It was a joy for me to work with all these people. It’s a movie that’s impossible to create without world-class artists. They killed themselves for me!” [...]

  • Honey Boy

    Shia LaBeouf's 'Honey Boy' Adds Unusual Twist to Oscar's History With Kids

    Hollywood has made many terrific films about childhood, and many about filmmaking. Amazon’s “Honey Boy,” which opened Nov. 8, combines the two: A movie with a child’s POV of the industry. That unique angle could be a real benefit during awards season, and the film’s backstory — with Shia LaBeouf as the main attraction — will [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content