Sure, the original Rush Hour was a fun pop take on the buddy cop genre, trading in as it did on the chemistry between Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, but it certainly wasn’t anything original or terribly interesting beyond a “hey, it’s Sunday afternoon and Rush Hour is on TBS, and I have a few hours to kill” kind of way. And then came the sequels. Dear God, the sequels, as director Brett Ratner wrought mediocre horror after mediocre horror upon us.
Now, the franchise that Ratner unleashed upon the world may be continuing—Arthur Sarkissian, who produced the three films, wants there to be a fourth, stating that Rush Hour 3 “went a little too over the top,” and that he wants a fourth film to be “more gritty” like the original. Because, you know, the original Rush Hour was such a gritty, Friedkin-esque take on the buddy cop genre.
I am working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour 1, more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. 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. It’s not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don’t want that. I want something new.
So not only would the proposed Rush Hour 4 exist, it would serve to introduce two new partners who could be the suppliers of witty banter for several future sequels, because this beast that Ratner has created seemingly will not die.
No word yet on whether or not Ratner or the stars will return as a script does not yet exist. We’ll keep you updated.
What do you think of a Rush Hour 4?