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Jackie Chan announces New York thriller and desert war epic

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Story by Jack Foley

JACKIE Chan has announced two new film projects – a New York-based action thriller and a desert-set war epic.

Speaking at a press conference in Shanghai on Sunday (June 16, 2013), the actor said both films would be made in collaboration with Chinese studio Huayi Brothers following the success of CZ12, the action comedy which generated $138 million at the mainland Chinese box office earlier this year.

The first film, tentatively-titled Manhattan, will find the Hong Kong martial arts legend playing “a dark hero” who “converses with love and hate”. Chan will also produce.

The second film is loosely called Wolf Flag (a tentative Chinese title) and will take the form of a “mournful ode concealed in the stricken desert”. Both films are slated for release in 2014.

The two Jackie Chan films are joined by the previously-announced David Ayer’s Fury, the World War II tank movie starring Brad Pitt, which is being co-produced by the studio and QED.

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