Are Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker Really Filming Rush Hour 4?
Crave online interviewed Arthur Sarkissian during his promo tour for his first television show, “Vegas”. During the interview they basically uncovered a hidden gem; Sarkissian was working on Rush Hour 4! He told them,
“I am working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It’s not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don’t want that. I want something new.”
He also confirmed that Tucker and Chan are both on board and they are very close to getting a screenwriter.
Although Sarkissian was not happy with Rush Hour 3, Brett Ratner directed all 3 so the door is still open for him to do the next one but he’s got to do it, the way Sarkissian wants it done, period. Sarkissian was very clear on that,
“If he wants to do it he’s more than welcome to do it but he’s got to do it in the right way.”
Sarkissian also realized that Chan is not a spring chicken anymore and recently announced that Chinese Zodiac will be the last film where he is doing that level of physical activity. The good part about Rush Hour is that it was largely the comedic relationship between Lee and Carter that made the movie. Sarkissan believes that will be the key to keeping the movie going and he won’t have to rely on stunts so much. He drew inspiration from Fast Five and how the movie was able to creatively go from street racing to a heist film,
“One of the things that surprised me and actually excited me was how they did Fast Five. They kept the characters, they took them and they put them in a whole different world. They put them in the world of a heist movie and it worked. I think that was brilliant what they did because if you’re not careful, what happens is you just keep repeating yourself. There’s not much you can do. You’ve got to be very careful but that’s where creativity and energy and good thought and a little bit of hard work comes to try and give them something that’s in that world but a little different.”
The first rush hours was done in 1998, the last one in 2007, which was still 5 years ago. Chris Tucker is only 39 but Jackie Chan is 58. If they don’t hurry and get this in production it will be called “Slow Hour”. The only Stunt Chan will be doing is trying not to break a hip!
Admittedly I was wrong about Fast 5 ( I thought the franchise was done after Tokyo Drift). Although I liked Rush Hour 3, 4 might be pushing it, but if it goes down how Sarkissian wants it to – it might be the best one of them all. If this gets moving it will be a 2014 release.
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