Jackie Chan Confirms Sequel To Fan-Favorite Film Series

By James Brizuela | Published

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Jackie Chan appeared at the Red Sea Film Festival, which is currently taking place in Jeddah, western Saudi Arabia, where he gave a speech about some exciting projects and his tenure in the film industry. While at the film festival, Jackie Chan confirmed that talks are ongoing for Rush Hour 4. According to Chan, “We’re talking about part 4 right now,” and also added that he was meeting with the sequel’s director that night to discuss details about the script.

This is huge news considering we have not seen Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan together in a Rush Hour movie since Rush Hour 3 was released in 2007. An interesting thing of note is that the director of the upcoming sequel was also not revealed by Chan, though we would imagine that Brett Ratner might be returning, as he has previously directed the first three in the series. However, Ratner has not directed a movie since 2014.

Though it would make sense for Ratner to be the director of the sequel, he is likely not to be involved at all, as he was accused of sexual harassment by many women including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, leaving Warner Bros to end the deal they had in place for the producer/director. Though that was now five years ago, the world might not take too kindly to his return to direct Jackie Chan and Rush Hour 4. There is a wealth of directors out there that would certainly be up to the task of taking on the continuation of this fan-favorite franchise.

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Jackie Chan confirming Rush Hour 4 is also a bit odd considering how poorly the third movie did. Rush Hour 3 currently holds a 17% critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, however, the 63% audience rating tells a much different story. Rush Hour 3 was also the worst-earning movie of the three, as it pulled in $258 million against a budget of about $140 million. Still, it did make money and cemented the fact that everyone loves the buddy-cop combination of Tucker and Chan.

Oddly enough, during the speech by Jackie Chan at the film festival, the Rush Hour star also stated that he is set to change up his career by working on more drama movies instead of action movies. He also stated he is currently working on a “drama film for women.” We are not entirely sure what that means, but we are happy that Chan is branching out in his career, especially after spending 60 years in the industry, as he also revealed in his speech.

Jackie Chan may have confirmed that Rush Hour 4 is currently in the works, but we are likely to not find out about the director of the anticipated sequel for some time, or until the details of the script are ironed out. Hopefully, we don’t have much longer to wait to find out more details about the next chapter of Chief Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter’s whirlwind lives. We are honestly just happy that Tucker and Chan are willing to return to their best roles.