More than two decades ago, Hong Kong action legend Jackie Chan teamed up with Chris Tucker for the original Rush Hour movie, which is hard to comprehend. Despite its tiny budget, the action flick grossed over $244 million worldwide, spawning one of the most unlikely film franchises ever.
The film’s box office success may have been even more surprising than its on-screen pairing. In the first Rush Hour film, Tucker plays a loud-mouthed Los Angeles investigator opposing Chan’s crack Hong Kong inspector, in a style reminiscent of the Beverly Hills Cop films.
After they accidentally find themselves working on the same case, the duo plays up the cultural mismatch for a lot of laughs. Rush Hour, which was released in theatres in 1998 and featured a slew of Chan-centric set pieces, was an instant blockbuster thanks to the film’s contagious star power.
As for the subsequent sequels, Rush Hour 2 and Rush Hour 3 (released in 2001 and 2007 respectively). At the box office, those films have grossed close to $1 billion. The fact that Chan and Tucker first appeared on the big screen more than two decades ago isn’t a surprise, given that they’ve been reuniting ever since for more one-liners.
Rush Hour 4 Release Date
We won’t know the precise release date until production begins, but given the prior releases, it appears like we’ll see the fourth film in the latter part of summer.
September 18, 1998, marked the release of Rush Hour, which was followed by the sequel on August 3, 2001, and the threequel on August 10, 2007.
For the fourth picture to begin production, you’ll have to wait until at least 2021, which is a long time away. That would put the release date in the summer of 2022 at the earliest.
But don’t get your hopes up too high.
Rush Hour 4 Cast
There isn’t a lot of room for characters from the first trilogy to return, as only Chan and Tucker are the series’ stalwarts. However, Tzi Ma, who appeared in the first and third films, could return as Ambassador Solon Han.
The first and third films starred Solon Han’s daughter, Soo-Yung Han, who was played by Julia Hsu (Rush Hour) and Zhang Jingchu, respectively (Rush Hour 3).
If Brett Ratner isn’t back behind the camera, don’t expect him to return either. However, Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge, and four other women have accused him of sexual harassment in 2017. He vehemently refuted any and all accusations.
Rush Hour 4 Plot
Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan’s future in Rush Hour remains uncertain, but franchise director Brett Ratner has ruled himself out of the running.
Ratner claims that he has fallen off the radar in Hollywood as a result of the horrific allegations of serious sexual assault made against him by several actors, which Ratner continues to reject (via Digital Spy).
An experienced creative team member will likely be sought as a replacement for the vacancy of director in Rush Hour 4. For the writer of Fast and Furious 2, 3, and 4, this means Jeff Nathanson has rejoined the team to write the fourth chapter.
It appears like Rush Hour 4 is being written solely by Nathanson at this time. As a result, the film’s storyline details are scarce. Given that both Tucker and Chan have claimed to have just seen a script, it’s reasonable to assume that there is at least some type of story here.
The film’s plot is clearly the work of someone else. Therein is the crux of the matter: we bear no responsibility for this situation.
No matter how many times they’ve acted as supporting characters, Lee and Carter can’t tell us anything about the future of Rush Hour. If Lee and Carter work together again in Rush Hour 4, we hope they’ll break up a multinational crime syndicate. With one-liners flying and an absurd smile plastered on their faces.
As long as Chan and Tucker are involved, the rest of the story doesn’t really matter all that much.