L.A. radio show Power 106’s The Cruz Show held an interview with action movie legend Jackie Chan yesterday, and Chan took the opportunity to tease the possibility of a fourth installment in the Rush Hour franchise.
Rush Hour, the smash-hit 1998 action comedy starring Chan and Chris Tucker, kicked off a global franchise. The film followed Chan and Tucker as two detectives from different countries who had to work together on an international case. Two sequels followed, the most recent in 2007. That means it’s been over a decade since we last saw the pair in action.
Chan says all that’s about to change. On the show to promote his film The Foreigner with Pierce Brosnan coming out Oct. 13, Chan said that, since 2007, “we’ve been turning down the script, turning down the script … Yesterday, we just agreed.” Chan says he hopes to see a new draft of the script soon and to start filming next year, per Deadline.
The only potential roadblock to the film getting made would thus become Tucker, and he’s notorious for the small amount of projects he takes on. But there could be one ray of hope for Rush Hour fans: Tucker is apparently in talks to reprise another one of his famous franchise roles. Ice Cube has confirmed that a fourth film in the Friday film franchise is in the works, and there are rumors that Tucker will return as Smokey.
Each Rush Hour film has made over $200 million at the box office, and each one has been directed by Brett Ratner. There is a chance that Ratner will be too busy with his Hugh Hefner biopic starring Jared Leto to do it this time, though. That means Rush Hour might have to find a director that isn’t Brett Ratner. Oh, the tragedy.