Jackie Chan has restored fans’ faith in the “Rush Hour” franchise!
After a few false starts, including a confession from Chan that he had agreed to a script in October 2017 and Chris Tucker confirming that he was ready to start filming in February 2018 — with nothing to show for it — it seems “Rush Hour 4” might finally be happening. Chan recently verified that the project was in the works, eliciting a barrage of fan requests for some good, old-fashioned racist jokes.
Fans Clamor For Racist Jokes & Comments In ‘Rush Hour 4’
Even though it is unlikely for “Rush Hour 4” to go into production this year — meaning filming might start next year with a summer 2024 release at the latest — fans have begun making suggestions for the cast and crew.
Upon seeing the news of the fourth film, one Twitter user tweeted, “Rush hour 4 in works??? truthfully, I hope they keep a tinge of racial jokes in there like w the other 3 movies, or else I don’t want it lmao cause it was never offensive, everyone laughed.”
A second person claimed they were praying that “this era of movies isn’t too sensitive towards a Rush Hour 4,” asking others to “imagine Rush Hour without the comedic racism.” One YouTuber expressed some hope that “Rush Hour 4 is good” because “we need good comedy movies again.”
Another Twitter user chimed, “I don’t need a Gen Z version [of] Rush Hour 4. Give me that wild and cancellable 90s shit,” and a fifth told the scriptwriters to keep “Rush Hour 4” if it “ain’t as outta pocket as 1 and 2.”
A potential viewer mentioned, “It’s gonna be so fucking funny when the tone of Rush Hour 4 changes DRASTICALLY because they’re not gonna use all a script full of micro aggressions in 2025.”
Rush hour 4 in works??? truthfully, I hope they keep a tinge of racial jokes in there like w the other 3 movies or else I don’t want it lmao cause it was never offensive, everyone laughed
— 👽 superst⭐️r (@astoldbybunny) December 8, 2022
Meanwhile, one fan was more concerned that the film “ain’t gon hit cuz the second they make a racist joke cancel culture is gonna get butthurt.”
Chan addressed the possibility of the fourth movie in the “Rush Hour” series during a rare on-stage appearance at the Red Sea Film Festival on December 9. After informing the audience that “we’re talking about part 4 right now,” the martial artist disclosed that he had a meeting with the project’s director later that evening to talk about the script.
Although he avoided naming said director, it is worth noting that film producer Brett Ratner directed the first three parts of the film series. Unfortunately, Ratner has not sat in the director’s chair for almost a decade.
According to Deadline, seven women — including actresses Natasha Henstridge and Olivia Munn, accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment, prompting Warner Bros. to end their lucrative partnership with the producer-director.
While “Rush Hour” was released on September 18, 1998, its sequel followed on August 3, 2001, and the third part dropped on August 10, 2007.
The ‘Big and Little Wong Tin Bar’ Child Actor Marked His 68th Birthday In Style
Soon after he marked his 68th birthday, Chan shared some exciting news with his beloved fans. The Hong Kong star attached a picture of the celebration he enjoyed with the other action members of the JC Stunt Team to his statement that began:
“It’s that time of year again and I’ve received so many messages and well wishes. I’d like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all my friends and fans from all over the world for your warm birthday wishes!”
The Blast reported that the “Little Tiger of Canton” star then expressed his relief to be back on the grind after the global shutdown caused by the pandemic, adding that he was thrilled about things “starting to get back to normal again.” Chan also provided an update on his physical health, writing:
“A lot of people have been asking me about the back pain that I had earlier on. I just want to let everyone know, don’t worry! I’m feeling a lot better now.”
Chan’s joy was almost palpable as he announced what he had spent his birthday doing, “Honestly, for me, working on my birthday is like giving my birthday the biggest respect ever. Ha ha! Especially after thinking about the days when I stopped working because of the pandemic, being able to start work again is considered very fortunate.”
He concluded by expressing his hope that everybody “will appreciate these fortunate and encouraging times” and appreciated fans again for their numerous birthday messages.