"Skiptrace" will be produced as a Sino-Foreign co-production by Exclusive Media and Talent International, which will also co-finance the film.
In addition to starring, Chan will produce "Skiptrace" with David Gerson. Project was brought to Exclusive Media by Cyrte Investments’ Charlie Coker, who will act as executive producer on the film along with Cyrte.
Exclusive Media is handling international rights to the film and will present the film to buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Damien Saccani will oversee the production on behalf of Exclusive.
Based on Chan’s original idea, "Skiptrace" is written by Jay Longino and "The Sitter" team of Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Story follows a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who is tasked with tracking down a mouthy American gambler on the run from his creditors. The men form an unlikely partnership and attempt to take down Hong Kong’s most notorious criminal, while embarking on a wild journey through some of China’s most scenic and exotic locales.
“After a career spanning 40 years, Jackie Chan is at the top of his game and we are delighted to be partnering with him and our friends at Cyrte on 'Skiptrace' – it’s a fun, action filled script and has the hallmark of a blockbuster hit,” said Exclusive's co-chairman Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.
WME represents both stars, as well as Longino, Gerson and Talent International. Fell ("Paranorman") is repped by UTA.