'Rush Hour 4' Will Be 'More Gritty'
With so many years between sequels, no one can accuse New Line of trying to cash in on the Rush Hour franchise, but a new one is slowly inching our way. Whether or not it'll happen is another matter.
In a CraveOnline interview, producer Arthur Sarkissian says he's working on Rush Hour 4 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It doesn't sound like he has a story yet but he wants it to be “more down to earth” and “more gritty” than Rush Hour 3.
“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,” he said.
While Chan and Tucker are almost certain to return, the director, Brett Ratner, may be iffy. Sarkissian says Ratner is welcome back provided he does “it in the right way.”
If all three of them do return, they'll probably have to structure some kind of backend deal because New Line may not want to pay the upfront cost for all three, especially considering that the third movie made less than the second one while costing more to make.
The studio can choose to go with another director, but will Chan and Tucker still want to go forward with Rush Hour 4 without Ratner's involvement?
In any case, Sarkissian says he's close to choosing someone to write the movie.