Believe it or not, it’s been twenty years now since the action-comedy film Rush Hour smashed into theaters, introducing audiences to comedian Chris Tucker and giving Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan his first American film. Two sequels soon followed but after an 11-year wait, Tucker claims a fourth film in the franchise is finally in the works.
While appearing on a podcast this week, the subject of Rush Hour 4 was raised and Tucker was adamant the film was coming.
“It’s happening,” said Tucker. “This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.”
In an October interview, Chan said the script for Rush Hour 4 was in progress and claimed that filming could begin in 2018 if Tucker agreed to return.
From the sound of it, Tucker and Chan have talked since then because the comedian now seems to be all on board for the new sequel.
One question that still remains unanswered, though, is who exactly would the studio hire to direct a new installment in the Rush Hour franchise.
Director/producer Brett Ratner helmed all three of the original films but has recently become embroiled in a number of salacious allegations.
Numerous actresses and other women have come forward to accuse Ratner of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other abuses.
Warner Bros. (who distributed the Rush Hour films under their New Line Cinema label) soon cut ties with Ratner and his RatPac-Dune Entertainment production company.
In 2016, the Rush Hour franchise did make something of a return, though it was in the form of a new television adaptation on CBS.
Actors Justin Hires and John Foo took on the roles originally played by Tucker and Chan, respectively on the TV series.
Unfortunately, the show performed poorly in the ratings and was canceled after only one season.