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Jackie Chan says Rush Hour 4 is finally happening

Jackie Chan says Rush Hour 4 is finally happening

They've been saying the fourth film is coming for years but now it seems it is actually going forward.

Jackie Chan has revealed he is actively in talks to make a fourth Rush Hour movie.

The Rush Hour films were an extremely popular buddy comedy film saga that starred legendary martial artist Jackie Chan and comedy icon Chris Tucker, with the first film dropping way back in 1998.

Jackie Chan confirmed that it was definitely happening ages ago, and that was backed up by Tucker in 2018.

Chan and Tucker then appeared in a cryptic social media post in 2019 that apparently teased the fourth film.

But, despite all the talk, fans are still waiting years later to see the long awaited fourth film in the franchise.

Chan, however, has reignited hope for the fourth movie with six little words.

He said in a rare appearance at the Red Sea Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, as per Deadline: “We’re talking about part four right now."

Chris Tucker/Facebook

How exciting.

The Rush Hour star also told the crowds that he was going to meet with the film's director that very evening (Thursday December 8).

Chan did not name the director, however American filmmaker Brett Ratner has directed all three chapters in the Rush Hour franchise.

It's no wonder Chan was cagey about who would be at the helm of the film as Ratner hasn't directed a movie since 2014.

In 2017, he was accused of sexual harassment by seven women, including actor Olivia Munn, according to the LA Times.

As a result, Warner Bros studio cut all ties with the director.

We'll just have to wait and see and hopefully not have to wait several years again.

The first film was released in 1998 and since then the franchise has gone on to span locations from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and then on to Paris.

In total, the films have taken more than $849 million at the box office. That's not bad going by any standards.

Rush Hour 2 became the most successful film in the franchise in 2001, and another third film followed in 2007.

Despite its raging success, some people are now looking at the movies with a modern lens and feeling some of the dialogue wouldn't fly these days.

Users on social media have accused the films of perpetuating racial stereotypes of Asian and African American communities.

While the film depicts the cultural clash between both Tucker and Chan, the internet has called out its insensitive jokes after one Twitter user posted: "Rush Hour 1 & 2 were so racist."

Many chimed in as one person wrote: "All 3 were historically racist."

Another said: "This couldn’t be played today."

So we shall see what comes of the fourth film.

When is it coming? Will it survive today's modern sensibilities? Only time will tell.

Featured Image Credit: New Line Cinema

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity