In the realm of buddy cop franchises, one of the most successful properties of the bunch is Rush Hour. Pairing Jackie Chan’s quick hands with Chris Tucker’s equally quick mouth, the Brett Ratner-directed franchise produced three successful installments — but has been on ice since 2007 when Rush Hour 3 debuted. That said, there’s only one thing holding up the process of getting Rush Hour 4 made: Chris Tucker. Jackie Chan opened up while promoting the upcoming release of The Foreigner, and explained
For the last seven years, we’ve been turning down the script, turning down the script. Yesterday, we just agreed. The script probably at the end of this month will have a second draft, and next year, probably [we will] start, I hope, if Chris Tucker agrees.
So it looks like the framework is already in place for Lee and Carter to go off on yet another adventure. Jackie Chan is interested in making it happen, and a script worthy of his return is on the verge of being turned in for a second draft. Now it’s really just a matter of getting Chris Tucker to agree to come back to the series, and then they will be good to go.