Just when we thought the Rush Hour franchise was dead because neither stars Jackie Chan nor Chris Tucker was interested in reviving a fourth film in the franchise that turned both of their careers into a white hot turn style, news comes from China that Chan would be possibly interested in doing a Rush Hour 4 film. Check out the article printed in Hollywood Reporter about the possibility of the film;
HONG KONG – The next installment of The Expendables franchise will now take on a more distinct Chinese flavor, withJackie Chan joining the Sylvester Stallone project in what the Hong Kong star described as a significant role.
Chan said he also suggested Stallone rework the new film into a more “buddy-buddy” movie to suit his own style – one that brought him much fortune in the Rush Hour franchise. Stallone is now refashioning the script to that effect. Production is expected to begin next year.
While The Expendables 2 performed modestly this past summer at the U.S. box office, the film surpassed expectations with strong ticket sales in China during its September run, earning $53 million — bettering The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, which were released at around the same time.
Produced by Nu-Image and Millennium Films with investment from China’s Le Vision Pictures and directed by Simon West,The Expendables 2 saw Jet Li returning to a franchise in a small role, and also the presence of Yu Nan, the actress previously more well-known for her roles in arthouse fare – her most internationally prominent role is in Tuya’s Marriage, the Wang Quan’an movie which won the Berlin Film Festival’s top prize in 2007. It is not yet confirmed whether the pair will return for The Expendables 3.
Meanwhile, Chan also revealed he might soon be reunited with Chris Tucker in a buddy comedy along the lines of the three Rush Hour films they co-starred in.
The project is tentatively titled Skip Tracer, according to Chan. “The script is currently viewed by Chris Tucker,” he said. “Personally, I feel that if he were to pick it up, it would be better if we turned it into Rush Hour 4 but I do think that three movies for the franchise is a perfect ending. It would be better to start a new buddy movie with someone new.”
Chan’s affection for the Rush Hour franchise represents an abrupt about-face for the actor, who was quoted last week as describing his past Hollywood films as vacuous, money-making exercises, and that Rush Hour he “dislikes most.”
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