For the first time, Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan are set to share the screen together, as the pair have signed up for the new action thriller, Ex-Baghdad. The movie is being produced by SR Media, Chan’s company, and Stallone is reported to have picked up this film as a consequence of his decision to quit The Expendables movie series.
The movie centres on a Chinese-run oil refinery that’s based in Iraq. When it gets attacked, its owners call in Jackie Chan to help free its workers. He in turn needs a bit of help from a former US Marine – that’d be Stallone – and action ensues. It’s being directed by Scott Waugh, who helmed the Need For Speed film. Waugh also worked as a stuntman on the likes of Speed and xXx.
The film is being made with Chinese backing, and the working budget is said to be in the region of $80 million.
It does seem an uncomfortable area for a popcorn action movie, though. It should be noted that already, there’s been some concern that an action film of its ilk is being made around the “Highway Of Death.” Film director Lexi Alexander is just one of those who’s raised why this is an issue, and you can find more information on the ‘Highway Of Death’ here. It’s a tough read.
No start date or release has thus far been announced for the movie.