Jared Hess is set to direct the yet-to-be-titled Shanghai Noon threequel, EW has confirmed.
Hess is best known for his turns as writer-director for mid-2000s comedies Nacho Libre and Napoleon Dynamite, the latter of which he later transformed into a short-lived animated series for Fox. He’s also helmed episodes of The Last Man on Earth, Son of Zorn, and Making History.
Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, who led the original Shanghai films, are also in talks to reprise their roles as crime-fighting duo Chon Wang and Roy O’Bannon, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report the news on Tuesday. The story is from Shanghai writers Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, and Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum penned the script.
During its heyday in 2000, Shanghai Noon drew in critical acclaim and grossed $96 million worldwide. Its 2003 follow-up, Shanghai Knights, garnered $60 million in the U.S. Tom Dey (Failure to Launch) directed the first movie, while David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) helmed the sequel.
Hess’ latest project, Masterminds, follows a ragtag team as they attempt to pull off one of the biggest bank heists in American history. It’s slated for release on Sept. 30 and stars Wilson alongside Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. No further details for the Shanghai Noon threequel have been announced.