What happens when you put together a man known as a raw street fighter with a martial arts expert? A brand new action thriller called Ex-Baghdad which will be led by The Expendables and Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone and Rush Hour’s Jackie Chan.
The Need for Speed and Act of Valor director, Scott Waugh will take the helm in the big budget action. Waugh will have a staggering $80 million dollars to play with for this film which will mark it as one of China’s biggest budget movies to ever come out of the country.
Anyone would assume the two veteran action stars would go head to head in this new venture, which is said to be Stallone’s replacement after he parted way with The Expendables but the two will actually be working as a team according to the following synopsis.
When a China-run oil refinery is attacked in Mosul, Iraq, a Chinese private security contractor (Chan) is called in to extract the oil workers. He learns, however, that the attackers’ real plan is to steal a fortune in oil, and teams up with an American former Marine (Stallone) to stop them.
Both actors started their acting careers some 41 years ago, having become international stars mainly in the action arena, however, the new venture will be the first time the pair have starred alongside each other. The news of the pairing comes off the back of Stallone’s appearance in the latest Guardians of the Galaxy production, Chan will next be seen in Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature and will voice Sensei Wu in the Lego Ninjango Movie.
Jackie Chan will serve as a producer through his company SR Media, with Qi Jianhong and Talent International’s Esmond Ren. SR Media and Talent International will also finance the film. Hans Canosa is also producing.