Jackie Chan announced that one other “Rush Hour” movie is within the works.
The 68-year-old Hong Kong actor revealed that he was in talks for a fourth installment of the buddy motion comedy franchise during an on-stage appearance on the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“We’re talking about ‘Rush Hour 4’ without delay,” he told the group on Thursday, in response to Deadline.
The martial arts legend added that he was meeting to debate the script with the film’s director that evening, though he didn’t discover the director by name, per the outlet.
Brett Ratner directed all three previous installments of the “Rush Hour” franchise, which featured Chan as a top Hong Kong inspector and Chris Tucker as a wisecracking LAPD officer who team up to unravel international crimes. The duo starred together in 1998’s “Rush Hour” and its two sequels “Rush Hour 2” (2001) and “Rush Hour 3” (2007).
The last film that Ratner directed was 2014’s “Hercules.” In 2017, Warner Bros. announced that it had severed ties with the filmmaker after six women, including Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge, accused him of sexual assault and harassment.
Chan made the announcement during an appearance on the film festival in Saudi Arabia.Getty Images for The Red Sea Int
During his appearance on the film festival, Chan recalled that he thought “Rush Hour” would bomb on the box office and he had planned to depart Hollywood behind.
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“I attempted so over and over to go to Hollywood, but after that, I said no more Hollywood because my English is just not good, they’re not my culture, they don’t like this sort of motion,” he told the group.
The “Rumble within the Bronx” star explained that he was initially reluctant to tackle the project.
“My manager said look, there’s a script, and it’s called ‘Rush Hour.’ I said, ‘No, Hong Kong police? I’m not going to do it.’ He said ‘Jackie, why don’t you are attempting last time. I said OK, that is the last time.’”
Chan went on to say that he received a call from Ratner and Tucker after the movie was released. They told him, “Dude, we’re an enormous success. We’re 70 million in the primary weekend.”
“For me, I don’t have a count of what 70 million is,” Chan said. “I don’t know the box office. I just realize it’s actually successful.”
He added, “After which they made part 2 and part 3.”
“Rush Hour” became a significant box office hit, grossing $244 million worldwide. The movie’s two sequels were also global business successes with “Rush Hour 2” raking in $347.3 million and “Rush Hour 3” taking home $258 million.