While making a rare on-stage appearance at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Thursday (Dec 8), Jackie Chan revealed to fans he is in talks for a Rush Hour 4.
“We’re talking about part 4 right now,” he told the festival crowd. And when he said “right now” he meant it, as the actor added that he was going to meet with the film’s director that evening to discuss the script.
Brett Ratner directed the three previous Rush Hour films but no word on if he is the director Chan was referring to. Ratner hasn’t directed a film since 2014 and in 2017 was hit with sexual harassment and misconduct allegations from seven women.
While we don’t know if a director is attached we can assume Chris Tucker, who starred opposite Chan in all three of the films, will star in Rush Hour 4 as well.
In January 2019, Tucker said on Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore’s Winging It podcast that Rush Hour 4 was in the works, saying, “It’s not in pre-production. We’re working on a few things [for] the script. Jackie wants to do it. I want to do it. The studio wants to do it. We’re trying to get it together. It looks like it’s getting together right.”
And most recently Tucker reiterated to Action Entertainment that “it’s a lot of moving pieces that come with doing a movie and everyone wants to do it but It’s not in action yet.
The franchise focuses on Chan and James’ Chief Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter’s unlikely pairing as detectives who go on a series of misadventures involving corrupt crime figures in Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
The original Rush Hour grossed $244 million worldwide for New Line Cinema and cemented the Hong Kong-born Chan as an English-language action star.
Until we know more details, stream the trilogy on Netflix, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime.