Jackie Chan has confirmed that he’s in talks to develop one other movie in the Rush Hour franchise, with a fourth instalment now in the works.
The martial arts star made this announcement on the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the place he mentioned his upcoming tasks and his humble beginnings, as per Variety on Dec. 8.
During the occasion, Chan enthusiastically talked about his profession up to now: from being a star in Hong Kong to creating it to Hollywood with Rush Hour, which he admittedly thought was going to flop.
“I got a phone call. Brett Ratner and Chris Tucker call me from New York. They’re crazy. We were US$70mil in the first weekend. For me, I don’t know how to count,” Chan was quoted as saying.
“We’re talking about Rush Hour 4 right now,” he added.
Chan didn’t determine a director hooked up to the mentioned talks, although American filmmaker Brett Ratner helmed all three earlier variations of Rush Hour.
However, Ratner has not directed a movie since 2014. It will also be recalled that again in 2017, the filmmaker was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct, inflicting Warner Bros. to chop ties with him.
Aside from Rush Hour, Chan additionally recalled working with martial arts icon Bruce Lee throughout his early days as a stuntman. He recounted that Lee hit him throughout a staged battle, and he “played up” his harm to get sympathy. Chan then bought further work after this encounter with Lee.
“As a stunt guy you can get hit every day,” Chan narrated. “It doesn’t matter. I pretend I’m hurt then he comes to help me. ‘I’m sorry,’ he says. The whole day and the whole night, every time I turn around, I see Lee looking if I’m OK. I wanted him to hit me again.”
Following Lee’s demise, Chan recounted that he was being “groomed” to be the martial arts icon’s successor, however he needed to “just do myself”.
“I said: I am not Bruce Lee. So, if Bruce kicked high; I kick low. Bruce fights like this. I do it the opposite. That’s Jackie Chan. I just do myself,” he acknowledged.
Chan starred alongside comic Chris Tucker in all three earlier Rush Hour motion pictures launched between 1998 and 2007. The movies comply with a Hong Kong inspector who works with an LAPD detective in fixing a sequence of worldwide crimes. – Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network