War! What is it good for? Well it turns out the franchise most associated with this song, Rush Hour, is actually good for one more movie.
According to Jackie Chan at least – one half of the incredible duo – who made the original film and its subsequent sequels such a success.
The first film arrived in 1998, with Chris Tucker and Jackie playing Detectives Carter and Lee respectively – it found a massive audience thanks to the genius blend of humour and kung-fu.
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But the latest instalment in the franchise came in 2007 with Rush Hour 3, which was less than critically adored, but I still think it’s the perfect hangover movie.
Since then, there’s been little in the way of Rush Hour related news… but not anymore.
Jackie, as reported by E online, spoke to Power 106’s The Cruz Show about the struggles of getting a fourth instalment on the go.
For the last seven years, we’ve been turning down the script, turning down the script. Yesterday, we just agreed.
The script, probably at the end of this month, will have a second draft and next year, [we’ll] probably start.
If… Chris Tucker agrees.
It’s worth mentioning this film has been on the cards for quite a while and it’s been teased, but this is the first time we’ve seen things actually move forward with the project, which is mighty exciting.
The film’s producer, Arthur Sarkissian, said a few years ago:
We waited six years to do Rush Hour 3 and if we wait another six years, Jackie is going to be way too tired to do this stuff. So, Chris is on board, he said he would love to do it.
But we have to make sure it stands on its own. And it hinges on how successful Rush Hour 3 is, for the studio to say we want to make another one.
Rush Hour 3 didn’t make an awful lot of money, grossing $258 million worldwide, making it the worst performing of the franchise.
The budget for the film was around $140 million even before marketing considerations, so it’s no wonder there’s been a bit of a hiatus for Lee and Carter.
Way back in 2009, Brett Ratner hinted the fourth film could introduce a couple more crucial players to the world, in Dannt DeVito and Jet Li, though nothing had been confirmed as of yet.
In the DVD commentary for Rush Hour 3, Ratner actually joked the fourth instalment was on the way for 2012, but obviously it never materialised.
In a short interview with Vulture in 2011, Ratner actually put the stoppers on any hopes for the film, saying it would be too expensive to get him, Jackie and Chris back together again for the studios to think about knocking up another film.
But this statement from Jackie Chan has rekindled hope and is the closest we’ve come to a definitive step forward in seeing the two detectives come back to our screens.
Let’s just hope they can get the man, the myth, the legend that is Danny DeVito on board because if they do, then this film is guaranteed to make an absolute fortune.