Chris Pratt & Wu Jing To Star In Universal’s ‘Saigon Bodyguards’ Remake
Following what was reportedly a hotly-contested battle, Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a new version of a Vietnamese action-comedy. As first reported by Deadline, the studio will produce Saigon’s Bodyguards with Chris Pratt and Wu Jing attached to lead the film’s cast.
Based on the hit Vietnamese film with the same name, the film follows two longtime friends, one straightforward and serious, and the other an idiotic doofus. After a million-dollar heir is kidnapped under their watch, the team hatches a plan to find the victim. What follows is hilarious and, at times intense hijinx. The original version of the film, Vê Si Sài Gòn, hails from filmmaker Ken Ochiai (Ninja the Monster) and came out in December 2016.
Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck (Veep) will pen the film’s adapted screenplay. Moreover, the picture will reunite both Pratt and Jing with Joe and Anthony Russo, who are on-board as executive producers. The Russos last worked with Pratt on Avengers: Endgame while the filmmakers also teamed with Jing in Wolf Warriors 2, which is China’s highest-grossing film ever. Additionally, Pratt will produce the feature as well via his Indivisible Productions banner.
Up next for Pratt is the recently-wrapped Jurassic World: Dominion. The actor last appeared in Pixar’s Onward alongside Tom Holland and will return for James Gunn’s third Guardians of the Galaxy. Meanwhile, Wu Jing is one of the most well-known actors in China right now. The actor ranked first on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2019 and touts roles in blockbusters like Tai Chi Boxer and Fatal Contact.
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