These are the times when very few producers take the risk creating brand new movies from scratch. If a movie made money in the past, it seems that’s the only criteria needed to warrant a reboot. Even though its only been five years since Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan starred in Rush Hour 3, producer Arthur Sarkissian is ready to make Rush Hour 4.
This weekend at the Television Critics Association Tour, Sarkissian expressed that he was interested in making Rush Hour 4, and also confirmed that Tuck and Chan are interested in returning.
In a interview with CraveOnline, Sarkissian said:
“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, 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.
Well after that statement from Sarkissian, it’s safe to say that he don’t know what he wants. He first said, “I’m trying to do it closer to how I did Rush Hour and then five lines later he wants something new.
He continued to think out loud about the plot of the movie and said, “maybe Chris is now married, maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer, I don’t know. Married to Chris’ cousin, they live in Shanghai, Chris goes out to visit them. I don’t know, I want something energetic.”
Sarkissian has not settled on a screenwriter yet, but stated that he has a list of five people that he is courting.
Bret Ratner directed all three Rush Hour films, but Sarkissian wasn’t to thrilled with the outcome of Rush Hour 3. Sarkissian doesn’t mind bringing Ratner on to direct, but said, “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.”
Do we really need another Rush Hour?