Jackie Chan says Rush Hour 4 is in the works.
The actor and martial artist made the announcement on Thursday at the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia.
“We’re talking about part 4 right now,” he the crowd, according to Deadline.
He also disclosed that he has plans to meet with the director of the movie on Thursday night to talk about the script. He didn’t identify the director by name, but Brett Ratner directed the first three Rush Hour films.
However, it’s not clear yet whether Ratner will return.
The last film Ratner directed was Hercules in 2014. He directed an episode of the TV series Breakthrough in 2015, but has not returned to directing since he was accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by six women including Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn in November 2017.
Ratner disputed the accusations at the time, and in a statement to the Los Angeles Times in 2017, his attorney Martin Singer wrote: “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment… Furthermore, no woman has ever requested or received any financial settlement from my client.”
Shortly after the accusations surfaced, Warner Bros. cut ties with Ratner’s production company.
Ratner did not immediately respond to MovieMaker‘s request for comment as to whether he will return to direct Rush Hour 4.
The director hasn’t been totally absent from Hollywood since 2017, though. In 2019, he produced Georgetown starring Christopher Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave, and Annette Bening.
The original 1998 Rush Hour film brought in $244 million in worldwide box office revenue for New Line Cinema, according to Deadline. It was followed by Rush Hour 2 in 2001 and Rush Hour 3 in 2007.
The first three Rush Hour films starred Chan and Chris Tucker as a Hong Kong inspector and an L.A.P.D. detective who team up to rescue the kidnapped daughter of the Chinese Consul while simultaneously trying to arrest a dangerous criminal.
At Red Sea, Chan said he was about to give up on Hollywood when he received the first Rush Hour script in the late 1990s.
“I tried so many times to go to Hollywood, but after that, I said no more Hollywood because my English is not good, they’re not my culture, they don’t like this kind of action,” Chan said.
Tired of only getting offered roles as East Asian detectives, he was reluctant to consider the movie until his manager convinced him.
“My manager said look, there’s a script, and it’s called Rush Hour. I said no, Hong Kong police? I’m not going to do it. He said Jackie, why don’t you try last time. I said okay, this is the last time.”
Chan also teased a new project he’s working on that he described as a drama film “made for women,” adding that he wants to focus on “less action stories” and “more love stories” in the future.
Main Image: Jackie Chan in Rush Hour (1998) Photo Credit: New Line Cinema