Liu goes kicking and screaming

Sounds like Lucy Liu’s becoming sort of a female equivalent to Jackie Chan. Meantime, she’ll have to settle for Charlie Chan. MTV got talking to the former “Ally McBeal” star about her plans for resurrecting Charlie Chan.

"[I'm going to be playing] Charlie Chan’s granddaughter, who’s also named Charlie," Liu says. "So she’s going to be the next Charlie Chan."

Created by Ohio author Earl Derr Biggers, Chan was a detective who always found himself solving murder cases in exotic places despite the bumbling efforts of a son (or two) who would comically interfere while trying to help. Liu has enlisted X2: X-Men United screenwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris to help her reinvent Chan for the 21st century. "I’m sure it’s going to be a commercial film," Liu added. "I don’t think it’s going to be something that’s an alternative version of Charlie Chan. I’d like to bring a dark edge to it, if that’s possible, but we have to see. I just want people to enjoy and appreciate it."

The film’s in early stages of development at Twentieth Century Fox.

Thanks to Coming Soon.