Jackie Chan Already Approached for 'Expendables 4' & 'Rush Hour 4'
by Ethan Anderton
August 15, 2014
You might remember back in 2012 that Sylvester Stallone confirmed that international action superstar Jackie Chan would have a role in The Expendables 3. However, when you look at the crowded poster and trailers, you'll notice that Chan didn't end up in the film, and there's no surprise cameo either. So what happened? Well, Stallone recently explained at a press conference the scheduling didn't work out. Stallone explained, "He's so loved in China, there's so much demand, that he literally couldn't cut those 3 days loose. We'll get him next time though, he's a good friend." And that means The Expendables 4 is in the works.
In fact, Jackie Chan has confirmed this much in an interview with Den of Geek saying:
"This morning I did hear - the office called - Sly [Stallone] wants me for 'Expendables 4.' I said, ‘Okay.’ Because they already asked me to be in two and three, but I refused. Well, I didn’t refuse, but I said, ‘Sly, can’t we just do you and me? Not just a bunch of people and me only coming out for five minutes.’ Because then the audience is, ‘Oh!’ And then I’m gone.”
So will The Expendables 4 have a smaller focus with a less crowded team? If that's the case, Stallone and Chan should just team up for their own action thriller. However, there have been rumblings that Stallone wants to round up everyone who hasn't been able to appear in the franchise so far for the fourth film. So maybe that touting of "one last ride" that we've seen in The Expendables 3 trailers is just about the current team of action stars? That would make sense if the plan is to introduce a whole new team in the fourth film. But that's probably still a long way out, so stay tuned to see what happens.
However, that's not the only sequel that Jackie Chan has been considering. Apparently there are still efforts to try and get Chan to team up with Chris Tucker for Rush Hour 4. This isn't the first time we've heard about the possibility of bringing back the mismatched team for another action comedy sequel from New Line Cinema as producer Arthur Sarkissian talked about the possibility of it happening over two years ago. However, Jackie Chan isn't quite so eager to get on board, and he'll only do it if the script interests him. In fact, his attitude about the film is smart and refreshing. Chan told IGN:
“Lately they want to make 'Rush Hour 4.' I said ‘No, show me the script first. I don’t need another 'Rush Hour 4.' You need 'Rush Hour 4'. Show me the script.’ I don’t want to do a rubbish script just because they want to make the movie.”
Funnily enough, Chan is working on a film right now that he thought would work as a sequel for Rush Hour. SlashFilm points out that in the winter of 2012, Chan thought that his developing film Skip Trace could have been reworked into Rush Hour 4, and Chris Tucker was actually considering joining the film. At the time, Chan explained, "The script is currently viewed by Chris Tucker. Personally, I feel that if he were to pick it up, it would be better if we turned it into Rush Hour 4, but I do think that three movies for the franchise is a perfect ending. It would be better to start a new buddy movie with someone new."
And that's exactly what Chan ended up doing. Skip Trace is now supposed to be directed by Die Hard 2 helmer Renny Harlin and Seann William Scott will co-star in the film about an American gambler (Scott) who is forced to team up with a Hong Kong detective (Chan) to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.. It seems fitting that this film almost became Rush Hour 4 since we lamented how the film with Chan and Scott in the leads felt like it was meant to be made in the late 90s when Rush Hour was much more relevant. Anyway, we'll just have to wait and see if Jackie Chan ends up making either of these sequels. Thoughts?