Reboot and sequel announcements are a dime a dozen nowadays, but sometimes, just sometimes, a reboot will be announced and literally knock everyone off their feet. After some rumors about a new Rush Hour began circulating last year, Chris Tucker, arguably the funniest half of the franchise, finally confirmed that Rush Hour 4 is a go during an appearance on the ESPN podcast The Plug.
After one of the hosts asked Tucker if he and Jackie Chan would ever grace the world with more Rush Hour, Tucker replied with some magical words: “It’s happening.”
“This is gonna be the rush of all rushes,” the comedian said. “Jackie is ready and we want to do this so that people don’t ever forget it.” He wasn’t able to reveal any more details, but for diehard Rush Hour fans that should be more than enough.
During his time on the podcast, Tucker spoke about a range of other subjects besides Rush Hour. He explored his inspiration for his iconic character Smokey on Friday, and what lines fans quote at him the most. In a similar vein, Tucker said he still doesn’t know if will be part of the project for a new Friday movie. (This isn’t a new stance from him, actually. Tucker has been talking down appearing in another Friday movie since 2016.) Tucker also spoke a little about sports and shared some Michael Jackson stories.
The news is exciting, and even more so because it lines up perfectly with what Jackie Chan said back in October of last year. "For the last seven years, we’ve been turn[ing] down, turn[ing] down the script," Chan explained on an appearance on The Cruz Show on Power 106. "But yesterday, we agreed." Chan said production would begin in 2018 but if and only if Chris Tucker agreed to sign onto the project. At the time, Chan said he was still undecided.
Now, Tucker has confirmed the project himself, so it looks like the whole project is a go. Expect to hear more about this very soon, and hopefully not just on ESPN podcasts.