Five years after “Rush Hour 3”, it appears the producers of the action-comedy franchise (by way of producer Arthur Sarkissian, who is at the TCA promoting his new show TV “Vegas”) are finally ready to get started on a “Rush Hour 4”. Sarkissian said as much, telling the gathered throngs that they’re ready to get working on the fourth outing, hints that Brett Ratner may not be back, but does confirm that the franchise’s stars, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan will indeed return. That’s a must, of course.
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.
Brett Ratner directed all three “Rush Hour” movies, and when it comes to his involvement, Sarkissian hedged his bets, saying:
If he wants to do it he’s more than welcome to do it but he’s got to do it in the right way.
If I was Ratner, I’m not going to like the sound of that statement. It’s one of those “my way or the highway, jack” type of deals, I’m guessing. I personally thought “Rush Hour 3” was the same as the other two — goofy and dumb, but kinda charming in its own crass way. You know, standard “Rush Hour” movie. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
I’m sure Jackie Chan doesn’t need this franchise, but being the practical businessman that he is, he’s probably not going to turn down the guaranteed millions. Co-star Chris Tucker, on the other hand, hasn’t exactly been burning up Hollywood without the “Rush Hour” films, so I’m sure he’s pretty happy today.
Via : Crave Online