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'Rush Hour 4' Is Happening; Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan Returning In 'Something New' Says Producer

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 30, 2012 4:55 PM
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This has been rumored to be in the works since Rush Hour 3 in 2007, and with studios currently seemingly infected by a terrible strain of the "remake/sequel/prequel" virus, I'm not at all surprised that it's a go!

Crave Online caught up with producer Arthur Sarkissian at the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend, and asked him about Rush Hour 4; in response, Sarkissian revealed that a 4th Rush Hour is indeed in "serious development," adding:

“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.”

Amen to that! Although obvious guy wonders, if he wants something completely new, why not just put the pair in something fresh that isn't within the Rush Hour universe?

And I do very much agree that the 3rd film was a bloated $140 milllion (budget) wasted opportunity, that really just rehashed what we'd already seen in the first two, with little fresh introduced; it was tedious.

Sarkissian replied, when asked whether the 4th film will intro new, younger characters who Tucker and Chan hand off the franchise to:

“Maybe younger, 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.”

Of course he was just rapping; none of this is a certainty for Rush Hour 4. Or is it? When asked about the potential Octavia Spencer thread, Sarkissian said:

"Absolutely. Why not? If it’s good, script is good you’ll get anybody.”

And as for who will write and/or direct the 4th (Brett Ratner helmed the first 3):

“Right now we haven’t decided yet but I’m very close to making a decision. I have about four or five names that we’re roaming on right now.”

My guess would be that Brett Ratner isn't one of them, especially if Sarkissian was disappointed with the direction that Rush Hour 3 took. But maybe not; Sarkissian adds:

“If he [Brett] wants to do it he’s more than welcome to do it but he’s got to do it in the right way.”

And with that, my initial guess stands.

And when further discussing how he'd approach Rush Hour 4, Sarkissian said:

“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.”

And even though I'm not exactly thrilled at the idea of a 4th Rush Hour movie, I like where Sarkissian's head is on this. He understands what he's got, but he also doesn't want to make a 4th movie just for the sake of it; he doesn't want to just rehash what's already been done; he seems to want to shake things up a bit, and give fans something familiar but fresh.

Both Tucker and Chan are older, and probably won't want to use their bodies as much this time around. So I won't expect much in the acrobatics department.

Chris Tucker's first big screen appearance since 2007's Rush Hour 3 will come in a supporting role in David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley CooperJennifer Lawrence, and Robert de Niro. The film opens November 21 in the USA.

Remember when he said, earlier this year, that the reason for his hiatus since 2007 was because he was disappointed with the roles he was being offered? Saying that the parts he was offered were too similar to Rush Hour and “frankly, just weren’t good enough.

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7 Comments

  • Brian | June 6, 2013 10:25 PMReply

    RUSH HOUR 4 has to be the ultimate, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Although the both of them seemingly think that they're done with it, but the fans out there miss their crazy stunts and adventures....Having both of them together reminds everyone that the World is a wonderful place to live in. FULL OF LAUGHS ALL THE WAY!

  • Turner | July 31, 2012 5:26 PMReply

    Has his voice dropped yet?

  • Nadell | July 30, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    Do it Chris!
    As many sequels other movies have done....I've been waiting for another RH.
    The industry is getting tougher for actors. Not only do they have to compete against singers & rappers but now its models, deejays and athletes.
    Many of them will recant on their statements from years ago.

  • LeonRaymond | July 30, 2012 6:32 PMReply

    What this translates in to for Chris is "Damn Nobody will hire my Ass cause I over priced my Black Ass out the market, Oh well , what the hell, uh Hell yeah, I will do another Rush Hour Movie" I remember when he said he was done with Rush Hour Movies cause he was going for Bigger budgeted films and lead roles, Okay really -Reality check time, The market has changed Chris and you were not on the minds of Your Hollywood producers !!!!

  • Cherish | July 30, 2012 6:49 PM

    LOL. Isn't he also supposed to be in the next FRIDAY movie?

  • ALM | July 30, 2012 6:22 PMReply

    Love Chris, like Jackie......Rush Hour 1 was cute, 2 was amazingly hilarious, 3 was painful at times. I hope that #4 matches # 2. If so, they are in for some major success. They also need to consider bringing in a fresh supporting writing staff to draft the script.

  • jai | July 30, 2012 5:05 PMReply

    So Chris will only do Rush Hour movies? lol

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