Rush Hour 4: what has Jackie Chan said about sequel with Chris Tucker, possible release date, how to watch 1-3?

Jakie Chan has spoken about Rush Hour 4, but it’s not clear is disgraced director Brett Ratner will return

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The action comedy buddy movie Rush Hour came to cinemas in 1998 and saw Jackie Chan play a dedicated, by the book Hong Kong inspector who teamed up with Chris Tucker’s reckless LAPD detective. The mismatched pair were tasked with rescuing the Chinese Consul’s kidnapped daughter and bringing down a dangerous crime lord.

Chan and Tucker teamed up on two sequels released in 2001 and 2007 - now 15 years since the last Rush Hour film was released, Jackie Chan has spoken about the fate of a fourth instalment.

Chan, 68, was a major figure in Hong Kong and Japanese cinema in the 1970s and 80s, appearing alongside Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon, but it was the role of Lee in Rush Hour that cemented his place as a Hollywood icon.

Jackie Chan spoke about Rush Hour 4 in Saudi Arabia this week Jackie Chan spoke about Rush Hour 4 in Saudi Arabia this week
Jackie Chan spoke about Rush Hour 4 in Saudi Arabia this week

What has Jackie Chan said about Rush Hour 4?

Martial arts legend Jackie Chan spoke at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday 8 December, where he discussed Rush Hour 4. He said that he had expected the first Rush Hour film would flop, and recalled how he received a call from director Brett Ratner and co-star Chris Tucker who told him that the film made $70 million in its opening weekend.

He added: “We’re talking about Rush Hour 4 right now” and added that he was speaking to the director that night - it’s not clear if Chan was referencing Ratner or another director who has been brought on for the new film. Chan also promised the audience that he would make more love stories and fewer action films going forward in his career, so Rush Hour 4 could be the final instalment in the series.

Chris Tucker, who co-starred in the Rush Hour trilogy, playing Agent Carter has not spoken about a future Rush Hour film or whether he will appear in it. He is due to star in upcoming drama film Air Jordan, where will play Howard White.

Brett Ratner has not directed a film since 2014Brett Ratner has not directed a film since 2014
Brett Ratner has not directed a film since 2014

Will Brett Ratner direct Rush Hour 4?

Ratner, whose last credit was as a producer on the 2019 drama film Georgetown, was accused of sexual assault by six women in 2017 - he was also accused of rape and launched a lawsuit against his accuser, Melanie Kohler.

Ratner denied all of the allegations, but on the same day that the allegations were made, Warner Bros. announced that it was cutting all ties with Ratner. He is not known to be involved in any upcoming film projects. As Warner Bros. is a distributor of the Rush Hour films, it is very unlikely that Ratner will be connected to a fourth instalment of the series.

Is there a release date for Rush Hour 4?

A release date for Rush Hour 4 is not yet known, and the film is currently believed to be in pre-production. If production on the movie begins in 2023, it is likely that the film will have a release date of some time in 2024.

According to IMDB, Chan is connected to the film, and Tucker is rumoured to return as Agent Carter. Arthur Sarkissian, who was a producer on the previous films and the 2016 Rush Hour series, is also expected to return. Ross LaMana, who was a writer on the films and series is also believed to be on board.

Where can you watch Rush Hour 1-3?

The Rush Hour films are currently not available to stream for free - each film is available to rent through Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, the Sky Store, and YouTube.

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