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Jackie Chan has his 100th film project. The Hong Kong-based action hero will star in and co-direct "Chinese Zodiac," an action caper with a budget set at 250 million yuan ($37 million), Chan told The Hollywood Reporter.

Produced by Emperor Motion Pictures subsidiary Emperor Dragon Movies, "Zodiac" will see Chan on a series of treasure hunts across the globe that are intricately linked with one of the major events in Chinese history.

"The theme of the film revolves around a subject close to the hearts of Chinese people around the world," Chan said, without revealing more of the plot.

The idea for "Zodiac" came to Chan six years ago, but his schedule did not allow him to work on the story until this year. Chan will co-direct with five-time collaborator Stanley Tong, who helmed such Chan starrers as "Rumble in the Bronx," "The Myth" and the third and fourth entries in the "Police Story" series.

In addition to the 100-picture milestone, the film marks the first time Chan has taken on directing duties since "Who Am I?" in 1998.

Filming is tentatively scheduled for the fall, with location shooting to take place in France, Vienna, Hong Kong, Beijing and Kazakhstan.

Before "Zodiac," Chan will begin shooting "Kung Fu Kid" in June in China, a reworking of "The Karate Kid." (partialdiff)
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