When rumors first surfaced regarding a movie that would star both Jackie Chan and Jet Li, most of us in movie news land just chucked them into the "films that will probably never happen" pile (alongside the long-rumored Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger pic). Needless to say, we were surprised to hear the film was indeed a reality, and now Variety reports it has a title -- The Forbidden Kingdom -- with Lionsgate onboard to release it in theaters in September 2008. Only problem ... it's apparently a kids film. Yes, two fantastic martial artists are finally pairing up on screen for the first time in a film that's to be directed by the same guy (Robert Minkoff) who brought us Stuart Little and The Lion King. Pretty ferocious, huh?
Nothing against Minkoff (the guy definitely knows how to deliver a successful family film), but you know it's bad when the first film you think of after reading the plot description is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3. Oh, but there is some good here -- apparently, Yuen Woo-ping (The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) will be creating the fight sequences. Pic centers on an American teenager (to be played by Michael Angarano?) who is transported back to ancient China after picking up the king's magical stick in a pawn shop. Once there, he must team up with a bunch of warriors to help get the king back his stick. Li will play two roles in the film: monkey king and silent monk. Chan, on the other hand, will play the monk T'sa-Ho. Seeing as John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo, Spirit) penned the script, I assume the flick will be littered with some elaborate horse sequences. I don't know, I'm on the fence with this one -- what do you think?