Chris Tucker is starting to tease Rush Hour 4, more than 15 years after the franchise’s last film, Rush Hour 3.
Tucker, 51, starred in the Rush Hour movie franchise alongside Jackie Chan from 1998 til 2007. And now, while doing press for his new flick Air, he’s teasing that a fourth installment in the action-comedy franchise is in the works.
“You’re going to see a lot of good stuff coming. But it’s going to be on a whole other level,” the star teased on The Big Tigger Morning Show on Audacy’s V-103.
“That’s what I like… I’m excited about that. It’s not going to be what you’ve normally seen… ‘Rush Hour 4’, that’s something I definitely will probably drop in there because I love working with Jackie. But I’ve got some new stuff that I think you’re really gonna like. I’m excited about it.” he added.
For movie fans not familiar with the Rush Hour trilogy, the movies follow Hong Kong detective Chief Inspector Lee (played by Jackie Chan), who forms an unlikely friendship with a loudmouth LAPD officer Detective James Carter (played by Chris Tucker) to solve a series of international crimes.
Jackie Chan Also Confirms Talks for Rush Hour 4
Last year, Chan confirmed that a fourth film was in development, saying, “We’re talking about Part 4 right now.”
Chan went on to say that he was set to be meeting with the film’s director to discuss the script. However, Chan didn’t reveal who the filmmaker was. IMDb Pro also doesn’t confirm a director yet for the project. Though, it does confirm that Arthur Sarkissian is returning to produce. Sarkissian has worked on all the Rush Hour movies to date.
The previous films were all directed by Brett Ratner, who faced allegations of sexual assault (from six women) in 2017 that led Warner Bros. to sever their ties with him.
Chan remembered his emotions when the first film premiered in 1997, stating that he feared the original movie would flop at the box office. And if that happened, he was planning to quit Hollywood.
“I tried so many times to go to Hollywood. But after that, I said no more Hollywood because my English is not good, they’re not my culture, they don’t like this kind of action,” Chan revealed. “My manager said look, there’s a script, and it’s called ‘Rush Hour’. I said ‘No, Hong Kong police? I’m not going to do it’. He said Jackie, ‘Why don’t you try last time?’ I said, ‘Okay, this is the last time.'”
The Box Office Success of the Rush Hour Movie Franchise
The first film was a massive hit for both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. With a budget of just $33 million, the film grossed more than $244 million worldwide. The second film was even more successful, grossing over $347 million globally against a budget of $90 million. And while the last film, which had the highest budget of $140 million (including a $25 million salary for Tucker, wasn’t as successful, it still brought in over $258 million globally.
With more than 15 years since the last film, it’s safe to say there is still interest in Rush Hour 4. Though IMDb Pro still lists the project as having an unknown development status. Perhaps the buzz and success from Tucker’s newest flick Air will give the talks another nudge forward.
We’ll keep you posted as more details on Rush Hour 4 are announced.