It's certainly taking longer than many would like, but Rush Hour 4 is still happening, according to Chris Tucker. This is one of those long-awaited sequels we've been hearing about for some time and, for whatever reason, the pieces of the puzzle just aren't locking into place at the right time for it to actually get made. The good news? All of the key pieces want to make it happen, it's just a matter of making sure everything is just right.
Chris Tucker, almost like clockwork, right around this same time last year provided an update on Rush Hour 4 as well, hyping up the project and declaring it the "rush of all the rushes." Now, during a recent podcast appearance, Tucker was asked about it again and reveals that Warner Bros., Jackie Chan and himself are all eager to do it, they're just currently trying to get everything together. Here's what he had to say.
"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."
Unfortunately, this is the nature of the development process. Scheduling, getting the right script, right director, right timing. It can all fall apart in an instant. But at least everyone seems to be on board. Chris Tucker was then asked if the sequel would need his participation in order to move forward.
"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."
Brett Ratner, who directed all three of the previous movies in the franchise, had plans to direct Rush Hour 4 himself. However, following a string of sexual misconduct allegations, Ratner has more or less been ostracized from the business. At the very least, he's not getting put on any major projects, even though he was apparently walking around Hollywood last year insisting he was going to direct this movie. It's possible that Ratner could be causing some problems, but it's nothing the studio shouldn't be able to work around.
The three previous Rush Hour movies grossed a combined $849 million at the global box office. The last time we saw Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker together was back in 2007 for Rush Hour 3, so it's been a while. During that time, Chan has stayed very busy, while Tucker has only taken an acting role here or there and has been far more choosy about his on-screen work. CBS did reboot the property as an hour long police procedural comedy. It premiered in 2016, but was canceled after just one season. Hopefully, they can get this together before the window of opportunity passes them by. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further updates on the project come our way. For more with Tucker, feel free to check out the latest episode of the Winging It Podcast.