One of the reasons why Rush Hour 3 couldn’t match its predecessors on a comedic level, is because a lot of the jokes seemed like they were rehashed, dated, or just pulled from the bin of unused Rush Hour jokes. So Arthur Sarkissian would like to alleviate that problem by making Rush Hour 4.
According to him, the fourth Rush Hour will be “more gritty.” Yes, the one word that almost everyone dreads when they hear filmmakers say it, has been brought up, and it’s for a Rush Hour sequel.
Speaking to Crave Online, 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 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.
At least the producer acknowledges that the third film was the weakest of the three. The idea of a fourth film sounds promising since he wants to introduce more characters (something that is often seen in sequels) and move away from the typical bickering that we saw in the last three installments.
But a lot of this sounds like lip service and nothing more. Sarkissian mentions that he is in talks with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, but he doesn’t give us an idea at who is writing or directing the fourth Rush Hour. Brett Ratner directed all three Rush Hour films.
While I am not worried about the buddy cop chemistry that Tucker and Chan have, I am worried about Chan’s ability to perform all his own stunts. Chan isn’t getting any younger and his body is probably unable to cope with some of the dangers that the stunts will entail. Hopefully the person who is tasked with writing the fourth installment will find a way to handle it.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as any new developments surface.
[Source: Crave Online]