Jackie Chan confirms 'Rush Hour 4' will be made if Chris Tucker is on board
Back in the days of Blockbuster and physically renting videos and DVDs of movies you never got the chance to see at the cinema, there were usually some favourites that would pop up time and time again. For my family, that was the buddy action comedy Rush Hour.
Now, most of us use streaming services, Blockbuster has disappeared from existence, and the world is a lot different from the one in which we first saw Lee and Carter kick ass and haphazardly save the day. In fact, it has somehow been 19 years since the first Rush Hour was released. That's right - it hit cinemas all the way back in 1998.
The first movie followed the adventures of mismatched cops Lee, played by Jackie Chan, and Carter, played by Chris Tucker, as they tried to rescue the Chinese consul's kidnapped daughter. The clash of cultures brought a lot of sparks between the pair, as well as mixing the comedic martial arts Chan was known for with the gun-based action of American action movies.
It turned out this specific mix was a big hit with audiences, and after grossing $244 million worldwide, off a budget of only $33 million, a sequel was put into development. Rush Hour 2 was released three years later, and then a third movie capped the trilogy off in 2007. At this point, when producer Arthur Sarkissian was asked about the prospect of a fourth instalment, he said:
"We waited six years to do Rush Hour 3 and if we wait another six years, Jackie is going to be way too tired to do this stuff. So, Chris is on board - he said he would love to do it."
"But we have to make sure it stands on its own. And it hinges on how successful Rush Hour 3 is, for the studio to say we want to make another one."
Now 10 years has passed, so you may not think there's too much of a chance of it actually happening. On top of this, the third movie didn't do as well as its predecessors, bringing in nearly $100 million less than the second movie, and scoring a very low score of 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But the series' luck may have just turned around.
Speaking on Power 106's The Cruz Show, Jackie Chan explained exactly what is happening with Rush Hour 4:
"For the last seven years, we've been turning down the script, turning down the script. Yesterday, we just agreed.
"The script probably at the end of this month will have a second draft and next year, [we'll] probably start.
"If... Chris Tucker agrees."
They still need Chris Tucker to say he's on board, but that is pretty likely given his recent comments. "I think we might be able to get one going," the actor told Collider last year, "I love working with Jackie and I think we could do a really fun one."
After years of the creators and stars of the project teasing their interest, it looks like things are actually moving forward. And if the old rumours that director Brett Ratner wanted to include Danny DeVito and Jet Li in the cast, it might be even better than the original movies.