Rush Hour 4 is one of those sequels that has been discussed for so long that it’s easy to forget what the deal is. In October 2017, Jackie Chan said that he and Chris Tucker had agreed on a script and were now awaiting Chris Tucker’s approval. That occurred in February 2018, when Tucker confirmed his inclusion.
The intention was to film “the Rush of all Rush-es” in 2018, but it’s unsurprising that never happened. We had to wait until January 2019 for another news on the fourth film’s development.
“We’re currently working on a few things with the screenplay in order to get it into production, but we’re making progress. Jackie Chan, I, and the studio all want to do it, so we’re putting our heads together to make it happen “Tucker elaborated on the podcast Winging It.
Things appeared to have been confirmed when Tucker released a snapshot of the two stars each holding up four fingers, but there was still a twist in store. Chan’s management organization issued a statement shortly after this Instagram post stating that the celebrity has not committed to star in Rush Hour 4, reverting us to square one.
Later that year, Tucker asserted that the pair were still discussing the fourth film, as well as a “number of various projects,” adding, “Hopefully, we’ll get something started fairly soon.”
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When Will Rush Hour 4 Be Released?
There is no way to tell the precise release date for the fourth film until production begins, but based on the prior films, it appears like we will be receiving a late summer release. Rush Hour was released on September 18, 1998, and was followed by a sequel on August 3, 2001, and a threequel on August 10, 2007.
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It’s improbable that the fourth picture will begin production this year, so you’re looking at start date of 2021 at the earliest. That would imply a release in summer 2022 at the earliest.
Who Will Return for Rush Hour 4?
For the time being, we’ll assume that Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker will reprise their roles as mismatched detectives Chief Inspector Lee and James Carter. It would seem weird to wait this long to make a fourth film and then proceed with only one.
Apart from the two leads, there is little room for returnees from the previous trilogy, as Chan and Tucker are the series’ stalwarts. Tzi Ma, on the other hand, could reprise her role as Ambassador Solon Han following her appearances in the first and third films.
Soo-Yung Han, Solon Han’s daughter, also appeared in the first and third films but was portrayed by Julia Hsu (Rush Hour) and Zhang Jingchu (Rush Hour 3). In case you were wondering, you will not see any cast members from the canceled television series.
Brett Ratner, the film’s director, is also not expected to return. He directed the first three films but was accused of sexual harassment in 2017 by Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge, and four others. He refuted all charges.
In response to the allegations, Warner Bros. (who distributed the trilogy through New Line Cinema) stated in April 2018 that it will not extend its co-financing and first-look deals with Ratner and his company RatPac-Dune Entertainment (via Variety).
Rush Hour 3 Review
I enjoy this film about as much as one can enjoy a film with a two-star rating. Given the materials used, it couldn’t have been any better, yet it’s just as good as it is if you get what I mean. Once you accept that it will only be so excellent, you can relax and enjoy the minimal degree of goodness, which is better than nothing, and besides, if you’re watching “Rush Hour 3,” you definitely have nothing better to do.
I’m guessing neither did the filmmakers. It’s been six years since “Rush Hour 2,” and unless director Brett Ratner and stars Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan spent the entire time declining sequel offers, this appears to be a case of returning with a bucket before the well runs empty.
Tucker reprises his role as Carter, the brash LAPD cop who is perpetually in trouble, while Chan reprises his role as Lee, the ace Hong Kong cop summoned to partner with him. You are aware that this is a formula. These are what a buddy of mine (I believe it is me) refers to as Wunza Movies. You know, Hunza Los Angeles cop and Hunza Chinese cop, neither of whom you want to mess with.