Hard to believe that it has been half a decade since I last yelled at the screen watching one of the Rush Hour movies. The franchise starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker began in 1998 in the Brett Ratner directed action/comedy that surprised everyone with a $33 million opening week-end on its way to a $244 million domestic gross.
Parts two and three were equally successful for the studio, so is should surprise no one that a Rush Hour 4 is now being discussed.
CraveOnline spoke with producer Arthur Sarkissian who informed them that both stars are attached to a fourth instalment and that work on a screenplay will begin shortly.
"I'm trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1," he told the outlet. "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."
Sarkissian went on to comment on how Rush Hour 4 will take on a different tone – more like Fast Five. "They kept the characters," he says of Fast Five, "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... Maybe Chris is now married. Maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer. I don't know. Married to Chris' cousin. They live in Shanghai. Chris goes out to visit them... I want something energetic."
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