STX Entertainment is in final negotiations with Jackie Chan to star in the action thriller The Foreigner, with shooting expected to start in October.
Nick Cassavetes is in talks to direct a script based on the Stephen Leather novel The Chinaman, which was published in 1992.
The story centres on a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who is tracking down a group of Irish terrorists responsible for the death of his daughter.
Chan, 61, has acted in more than 150 films since the 1960s and is most famous for his martial arts. He starred in the Rush Hour trilogy for New Line. Cassavetes’ directing credits include The Other Woman and The Notebook.
STX was launched last year by film producer Robert Simonds and TPG managing partner Bill McGlashan to produce projects in the $10 million to $80 million range — an area largely vacated by the studios in favour of superhero movies. STX aims to release as many as 15 films annually by 2017.
Year-old STX has dated four films: horror-thriller The Gift, starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, on August 7; The Secret in Their Eyes, starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, on October 23; drama The Boy, starring Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), on January 22; and Civil War drama The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey, on March 11.