Are Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker Getting Ready for 'Rush Hour 4'?
Though Chris Tucker was once considering the role that Richard Ayoade ended up landing in The Watch, he ended up taking a more serious role in The Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. But with the actor's comeback, after a five year hiatus off the big screen, on the horizon later this year, Tucker might be going back to the well. Though a Friday sequel seems unlikely for Tucker (the actor didn't appear in the two sequels due to his religious beliefs), Crave Online has word that Rush Hour 4 is currently in the works and Tucker and Jackie Chan are both seemingly ready to return to action. Read on!
Producer Arthuer Sarkissian made the revelation at the Television Critics Association press tour and said:
“I am working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It’s not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don’t want that. I want something new.”
His first mention of the project seems to indicate that he's already working with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan on the project, but that may not necessarily be true yet. Either way, the mention of two new characters hints that Tucker and Chan might hand the franchise off to two new characters, but Sarkissian says that's not necessarily the case. Of course, his thoughts on this concept make it pretty clear that there's no real story or script just yet. He says:
"Maybe Chris is now married, maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer, I don’t know. Married to Chris’s cousin, they live in Shanghai, Chris goes out to visit them. I don’t know, I want something energetic.”
Don't worry, Octavia Spencer (who got plenty of acclaim for her turn in The Help) didn't have a bit part in one of the previous Rush Hour films, that's just Sarkissian pulling some dream casting out of his ass. As for the all important script, the producer says he's close to finding someone to write it, but still has to make a choice from four or five names being circled. But what about director Brett Ratner? "If he wants to do it he’s more than welcome to do it but he’s got to do it in the right way.” It sounds like the producer wasn't too thrilled with his handling of the third film (much like X-Men: The Last Stand), but that could easily be due to the script from Jeff Nathanson as well.
However, the question remains as to whether or not audiences really want to see Tucker and Chan yelling at each other, misunderstanding each other and fighting a slew of henchman all over again, no matter how "different" Sarkissian wants to make this film. Isn't three times enough? Nt to mention it's been five years since the final installment and twelve years since the first one back in 1998. Well, the producer seems to know this fact, and wants to give the series a bit of a facelift in the same way that Fast Five took the street racing characters and threw them into a heist film instead:
“One of the things that surprised me and actually excited me was how they did Fast Five. They kept the characters, they took them and they put them in a whole different world. They put them in the world of a heist movie and it worked. I think that was brilliant what they did because if you’re not careful, what happens is you just keep repeating yourself. There’s not much you can do. You’ve got to be very careful but that’s where creativity and energy and good thought and a little bit of hard work comes to try and give them something that’s in that world but a little different. They’ve got to be in a world where it’s not just fighting with one another."
However, my only real interest comes from the fact that watching Jackie Chan to practical stunts and fight scenes without wires is really mesmerizing, and his films made overseas just don't get that kind of exposure here. Chan almost made it into The Expendables 2, but he was dedicated to his new film CZ12 (or Chinese Zodiac) instead, so maybe this will serve as a decent subsitute. Do you want more Rush Hour?