A fourth Rush Hour film is in development at Warner Bros.’ New Line Cinema, according to star Chris Tucker.
In 1998, the first Rush Hour film hit cinemas, introducing the world to Jackie Chan’s Detective Inspector Yang Naing Lee and Tucker’s Detective James Carter.
Admittedly, while I have never seen a single Rush Hour film, the original movie found a massive audience thanks to the blend of comedy, kung-fu and action.
It sparked two sequels, Rush Hour 2 in 2001 and Rush Hour 3 in 2007.
So it has been 12 years since we last saw Carter and Lee in action, which for fans is a long time.
News that a fourth film is in development is welcome then, with Tucker telling the Winging It podcast, the studio are currently trying to get it into production.
The 47-year-old said:
We’re working on a few things on the script right now, so we’re trying to get into production. But we’re working on it and trying to get it going.
Jackie Chan wants to do it, I want to do it, [the] studio wants to do it, so we’re trying to get it together.
I guess, Jackie and me, but yeah, I was definitely down as long as it comes together right. And it looks like it’s coming together right.
For the meantime, fans will just have to keep their fingers crossed the project comes together.
Tucker also spoke about why he would love to do another Rush Hour film adding:
I was a big fan of Jackie Chan’s before we started the first Rush Hour so I was excited.
And I knew that my comedy style would work good with his martial arts and his comedy, so it was a perfect match for me, because I could be physical and be funny in that certain movie.
In October 2017, Chan spoke to Power 106‘s The Cruz Show about how he has been struggling to get a fourth instalment into development for years.
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 not about the money! It’s about being the right time to make it. Otherwise, Rush Hour 4 we’re all old men. I tell Chris Tucker, ‘Before we get old, please do Rush Hour 4′.
The script, probably at the end of this month, will have a second draft and next year, [we’ll] probably start.
The following year, February 2018, Tucker agreed, also telling ESPN’s podcast The Plug the fourth film had been given the green light.
During the show, Tucker was asked if he and Chan would ever team up again, more specifically for the Rush Hour franchise.
It’s happening. This is gonna be the rush of all rushes. Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.
I best get to work and watch the first three Rush Hour films before the fourth enters production… if it does.
Tucker and Chan clearly want to make it, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for them.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.