Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 2” may have fell slightly behind the first movie in terms of domestic box office, but that didn’t keep the sequel from surpassing the original in total take. The film has made $300 million worldwide so far, which means, you guessed it … “The Expendables 3”!
A lot of names have already been tossed around the upcoming sequel, and one of them is Jackie Chan. The Chinese action star, out and about promoting his latest home-created venture “Chinese Zodiac”, confirmed to reporters (via Cinema Online) that he will indeed be in “The Expendables 3” … albeit in a minor role.
Sly had invited me to be in “Expendables 2” but I was too busy filming “CZ12” and couldn’t make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes.
So does this mean no Jet Li in the third movie? As you’ll recall, Sly essentially swapped the franchise’s Chinese guy with a new Chinese girl in the last movie.
Moving on …
As for a “Rush Hour 4”, Jackie being Jackie, he seems to want to do it … and not want to do it at the same time. He references a Hollywood script called “Skip Tracer” that he’s attached to star in, and that, apparently, his “Rush Hour” mate Chris Tucker is also looking at joining. “Skip Tracer”, from the sounds of it, is a buddy cop action/comedy, the one formula that Chan has found to work in his Hollywood forays:
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.
So Chris Tucker is reading the script, but you’d rather do another action-comedy with someone “new”? I’m sure that’s not going to hurt Chris Tucker’s feelings at all, Jackie.
Jackie then goes on to make another caveat to his previous “I’m quitting action movies!” announcements (which he seems to make once every month or so):
What am I supposed to do if I stop making movies? Which is why, I will make an amendment to my announcement. “CZ12” will be my last big action movie. I won’t be able to complete every stunt myself now and will probably relax a bit in that area by using CG effects in the future. But I will never quit movies.
That sounds more believable.