Rush Hour 4 it is still at stake, confirmed by the site Variety which reports a recent statement by the legendary martial artist Jackie Chan released during the actor’s attendance at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he talked about his upcoming projects and reminisced about his 60-year film career.
Chan revealed to his fans that he’s currently in talks to make Rush Hour 4 (“We’re discussing part 4 right now”) and added that he would meet with the film’s director that same evening to discuss the script. Even though the first three movies were directed by Brett Ratnerit’s unlikely he’s the director Chan is talking about, as Ratner has been out of the loop since 2014, and in 2017 he received allegations of sexual assault and harassment from several models and actresses, including Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn.
The “Rush Hour” franchise is an American action-comedy series created by Ross LaManna, directed by Brett Ratner and starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the lead roles. All three films center on a pair of police detectives, Chief Inspector Lee (Chan) and Detective James Carter (Tucker), who embark on a series of misadventures involving corrupt criminal figures between Hong Kong and Los Angeles. The films incorporate elements of martial arts, humor and the sub-genre known as “buddy comedy”. The three films of the franchise (“Rush Hour – Two wandering cannons”, “Big shot at the red dragon – Rush Hour 2” and “Rush Hour – Mission Paris”) were released in theaters from 1998 to 2007 with a total collection of 849 million dollars, from a combined budget of $305 million.
Jackie Chan said he originally didn’t want to do “Rush Hour” because of a long series of Asian detective roles on the road in the US that he was repeatedly offered, but his agent was able to convince him that “Rush Hour” was a opportunity not to be missed.
My manager told me look, there’s a script and it’s called Rush Hour. I said no, Hong Kong Police? I will not do that. He tells me Jackie, why don’t you try one last time. I said ok this is the last time.
Chan said he didn’t expect such a success when the first film was released and tells fans of a phone call Ratner and Tucker received immediately after its theatrical debut:
Man, we are hugely successful. We are at 70 million in the first weekend. For me, I don’t have a count of what 70 million is. I don’t know the box office. I just know it’s definitely a hit. And then they made part 2 and part 3. Now, maybe part 4!
Jackie Chan confirms he’s in talks for ‘Rush Hour 4’.
Chan also recalled his early days, earning 80 cents a day as a stuntman and meeting Bruce Lee for the first time. Chan recounted how he was accidentally shot by the martial arts legend and how he used it to get Lee’s attention.
As a stuntman you risk getting hit every day. It does not matter. But that time I pretended to be hurt, so he comes to me to help me. “I’m sorry,” he tells me. So all day into the night, every time I turned around, I saw Lee asking me if I was okay. I wanted him to hit me again.
Chan also recalled when the producers tried to pitch him as the new Bruce Lee and how he balked at the idea:
I told him: I’m not Bruce Lee. So if Bruce high kicked; I kick low. Bruce fights like this. I do the opposite. This is Jackie Chan. I just do myself.
Chan also explained his intention in the future to play more love stories than action films, and on this path he is preparing a “drama film for women… I hope it can come out here very soon. It’s a drama film. And it’s made for women. I hope you can see it one day.
At the moment a return of Chris Tucker is not confirmed, even if a “Rush Hour 4” without Tucker wouldn’t make much sense, but the possibility of seeing the reunited couple again doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all, especially after the excellent result had with the reunion of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for Bad Boys 3.