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Shanghai Noon sequel coming from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess

09.06.2016
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Well, this definitely comes as a surprise. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that not only is there going to be a new SHANGHAI NOON sequel, but also that it will be directed by none other than NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and GENTLEMAN BRONCOS director Jared Hess.

Now, I loved SHANGHAI NOON. The "You said wet shirt don't break, not piss shirt bend bars!" exchange is still something that makes me laugh, even typing it out just now. The film was funny, action-packed, and had a cool, unique "East meets West" aesthetic. But, most importantly, Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan made a great team. Without that chemistry, the film probably wouldn't work (there are a lot of jokes that, as scripted, were groan-worthy that the two leads were able to elevate. Hell, that "piss shirt" scene probably would fall flat with lesser actors). While the first sequel, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, was a huge disappointment, there is still hope for this third one to bring back the magic.

The real wild card here is Jared Hess. While not a bad director per se (and even has some experience with Western-like iconography in NACHO LIBRE), he's never really done action before. And, more worryingly, his track record post-NAPOLEON  DYNAMITE has been spotty (at best). Here's hoping this could be a comeback of sorts for everyone all around.  

While no release date has been set currently, both Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson are being sought by the studio to reprise their roles (because, duh).

Meanwhile, Jared Hess's new movie MASTERMINDS starring Owen WilsonZach Galifianakis, and Kristin Wiig will be released September 30th, 2016 after a long string of delays.

Extra Tidbit: While obviously set in the wild west, SHANGHAI NOON was actually shot in Alberta, Canada.

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7:17AM on 09/07/2016

Just putting it out there...

Shanghai Tides would be a good title, with the two going against Chinese pirates.
Shanghai Tides would be a good title, with the two going against Chinese pirates.
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1:29AM on 09/07/2016
Shanghai knight was even better than the first imho, I'm all for this sequel though it may be late for box office success now (SK cmae out in 2003!)
Shanghai knight was even better than the first imho, I'm all for this sequel though it may be late for box office success now (SK cmae out in 2003!)
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12:56AM on 09/07/2016
So they finally found a new Shanghai pun.
So they finally found a new Shanghai pun.
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10:31PM on 09/06/2016

Shanghai Morning?

This time Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan go to China
This time Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan go to China
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6:36AM on 09/07/2016
I think you're onto something. Maybe they go back to China for a death in the family and call it Shanghai Mourning.
I think you're onto something. Maybe they go back to China for a death in the family and call it Shanghai Mourning.
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9:38PM on 09/06/2016

I also enjoyed Shanghai Knights!

And I also really enjoyed Nacho Libre
And I also really enjoyed Nacho Libre
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9:36PM on 09/06/2016
I'll give it a shot, even though Napolean Dynamite is an awful movie.
I'll give it a shot, even though Napolean Dynamite is an awful movie.
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8:10PM on 09/06/2016

"SHANGHAI KNIGHTS was a huge disappointment"?

Frankly, I liked it even better than the first one!
Frankly, I liked it even better than the first one!
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4:48PM on 09/06/2016
I thought SHANGHAI KNIGHTS was very entertaining. Sure not on the level of NOON, but it was a fun ride nonetheless and the chemistry between the two leads was as awesome as the first one. A third in the series after all these years does feel like a bit too late for the party, but if it falls in between the first two in quality, I'll be happy.
I thought SHANGHAI KNIGHTS was very entertaining. Sure not on the level of NOON, but it was a fun ride nonetheless and the chemistry between the two leads was as awesome as the first one. A third in the series after all these years does feel like a bit too late for the party, but if it falls in between the first two in quality, I'll be happy.
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