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August 2, 2012

'Rush Hour 4' in the works, says producer

Franchise producer reveals he is working on a sequel with regular stars Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan

'Rush Hour 4' in the works, says producer

A new Rush Hour sequel is in development, the producer of the film franchise has revealed.

Arthur Sarkissian, who produced all three previous films in the series, told Crave that he is "working on Rush Hour 4 right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan".

However, Sarkissian admitted that the project is in the early stages of development and does not have a script yet. When asked about the film's screenwriter, he replied: "Right now we haven't decided yet but I'm very close to making a decision. I have about four or five names that we're roaming on right now."

He also revealed that Brett Ratner, who directed all three previous Rush Hour movies, has yet to sign up for the next instalment. "If he wants to do it he's more than welcome to do it, but he's got to do it in the right way," Sarkissian insisted.

Discussing the direction of the fourth film, Sarkissian revealed that he wants to return to the core values of Rush Hour, while also adding new elements to keep the franchise fresh. He explained: "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."

When asked whether the "two new characters" might be younger than Chan, now 58, and 39-year-old Tucker, the producer replied: "Maybe younger, maybe Chris is now married, maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer, I don't know. Married to Chris's cousin, they live in Shanghai, Chris goes out to visit them. I don't know, I want something energetic."

The most recent film in the franchise, Rush Hour 3, was released in 2007. Chan has since appeared in The Spy Next Door and voiced the role of Monkey in the Kung Fu Panda movies. Tucker has recently made a return to stand-up comedy.

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