Nosebleed was a cancelled Jackie Chan action-comedy movie about a window washer who stops a terrorist attack on either the World Trade Center or the Statue of Liberty. The film was written by Jackie Chan, Raven Metzner, Stu Zicherman and was to be directed by Renny Harlin. The film was cancelled after the 9/11 attacks.
The films rights were acquired in Feb. 1999 New Line Cinema, and then later by MGM Studios in spring 2000 with Renny Harlin to direct (who had previously worked on Die Hard 2). Talks about this film go as far back as around 1999, where Jackie talked about writing the film with Raven Metzner and Stu Zicherman in his book I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action. Chan’s book also mentions that Steven Spielberg had also been involved in the project.
- "It represents capitalism. It represents freedom. It represents everything America is about. And to bring those two buildings down would bring America to its knees."
- -An Unconfirmed line from Nosebleed script
The plot would revolve Jackie Chan playing a window washer in the World Trade Center. Chan's character would learn about a group of terrorists somehow planning to destroy the Statue of Liberty (though sources claim the terrorists were ironically trying to destroy the World Trade Center itself. There is a line, supposedly from the script that states it was the Twin Towers).
Following the 9/11 attacks, various films were altered or delayed because of the impact of the attacks. Several films involving terrorists were cancelled or delayed. Shots of the World Trade Center in films, such as Spider-Man and Zoolander were removed. Following the attacks, it was rumored that the plot of Nosebleed was to be rewritten, but the film was cancelled altogether.
A rumor which originated from a Hong Kong newspaper Oriental Daily News reported that Chan was actually supposed to be at the World Trade Center on the day of the attacks for filming. There was even a false quote from Chan in the paper where he said, “Filming was scheduled to have taken place at 7:00 am last Tuesday morning, and as I had to be at the top of one of the towers for one of the scenes, I would probably have died if the shooting went ahead as planned.” The escape has been proven false as Chan had been in Toronto days before the date of the attacks for filming of The Tuxedo.