MGM has Chan plan

Lion gets a kick out of Hyde Park's 'Nosebleed'

MGM is in negotiations to take the Jackie Chan project “Nosebleed” in turnaround from New Line, with Hyde Park negotiating to co-finance the $50 million-$60 million pic.

Hyde Park toppers Ashok Amritraj and David Hoberman will produce the film along with Brian Gersh of Talent Entertainment Group, who reps Chan.

Gersh brought the project to Hyde Park, and Amritraj brought it into MGM. Hyde Park’s Todd Lieberman will co-produce the pic and oversee its development along with MGM’s Alex Gartner. Chan and Willie Chan are expected to serve as exec producers.

“I think this is a great franchise character for Jackie,” said Amritraj. “Jackie is an international and domestic star, and the project really attracted us. It’s creatively the perfect fit for Jackie.”

In February 1999, New Line paid $600,000 against $850,000 for the “Nosebleed” pitch (Daily Variety, Feb. 8, 1999), delivered by Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner, who subsequently wrote the screenplay.

Script centers on a window washer at the World Trade Center (Chan) who takes a fancy to a waitress who works at the Windows of the World restaurant on top of the building. The pair becomes embroiled in a plot to bomb the twin towers.

The Hyde Park-produced “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” opens June 1. Antonio Banderas/Angelina Jolie starrer “Original Sin,” co-financed by Hyde Park, opens Aug. 3. Barry Levinson-directed Bruce Willis starrer “Bandits,” which Hyde Park also co-financed, opens in October.

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