Jackie Chan and Mel Gibson Team Up for "Dragon Blade"

Posted 10:30 AM March 12th, 2014 by Senh Duong
Mel Gibson and Jackie Chan

According to Impact Online, Jackie Chan and Mel Gibson are partnering up for a martial arts epic called Dragon Blade.

Gibson's character is the leader of a Roman army, and Chan's is a Chinese hero. The two join forces to save the world.

Production will begin at the end of March for a 2015 release.

This is the first time I've heard of this, and Impact Online's the only site reporting on it, so I'm not sure how legit this news is.

With the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market (FILMART) opening in a couple of weeks, this could be a film that producers are trying to pitch to gauge interest from foreign investors and distributors. If that's the case, then there's a high chance that it won't happen. Producers are always throwing random projects together in these events to gauge interest. Sometimes, the stars aren't even aware of them.

Even if Dragon Blade is happening, I'm not sold on the era. Chan and Gibson have both starred in hugely popular modern era cop franchises like Police Story and Lethal Weapon, so why not put them in one together. The martial arts epic is more Jet Li's forte.

I also don't see what's in it for Chan. Gibson's no longer a draw in the U.S. because of his extracurricular activities, but the martial arts superstar is experiencing another career resurgence in the fast-growing Chinese market where his last two films together have grossed over $200M.

But seeing two action icons, even if both are past their prime, pairing up in a film is always fun.

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