Hong Kong comedy filmmaker Stephen Chow's Hollywood debut will be a little bit "Kung Fu Panda" and a little bit "Kung Fu Hustle".
Stephen Chow in the 2004 film "Kung Fu Hustle" [File Photo]
Chow, whose parody-rich "Kung Fu Hustle" was the highest grossing foreign-language film in the U.S. in 2005, will write and direct a Hollywood comedy starring himself and American actor Jack Black, the Oriental Morning Post reported on Tuesday, citing Wei Dasen, a representative from Chow's company.
Jack Black was the voice of the panda Po in the animation blockbuster "Kung Fu Panda".
In December, Stephen Chow resigned as director and co-star of a Hollywood remake of Bruce Lee's 1966 TV series "The Green Hornet". The movie was supposed to be Chow's first Hollywood appearance. He told the media the reason for his resignation was he was busy arranging other projects.
Wei from Chow's company says the actor-director is currently writing the screenplay for the new film. "It will be about a superhero, action-packed, special effects-rich, and of course funny."
American beauty Anne Hathaway is likely to star in the unnamed film, according to Wei.
Chinese media cited sources close to Chow as saying that the film will be similar in style to "Kung Fu Hustle", which is full of parodies and exaggerations.
(CRI February 3, 2009)