Rush Hour 4 is one of those sequels that's been talked about for so long that it can be hard to remember what the actual deal with it is.
Back in October 2017, Jackie Chan revealed that he had agreed on a script and all they were waiting for was Chris Tucker to sign off on the screenplay. That happened in February 2018 as Tucker confirmed that he was also on board.
The plan was to film in 2018 on "the Rush of all Rush-es", but it won't be a surprise to realise that never happened. We had to wait until January 2019 to get another update on the planned fourth movie.
"We're working on a few things on the script right now, so we're trying to get into production, but we're working on it and trying to get it going. Jackie Chan wants to do it, I want to do it, the studio wants to do it, so we're trying to get it together," Tucker explained on the Winging It podcast.
Things finally seemed to be confirmed when Tucker shared a photo of the two stars holding up four fingers each, but there was a twist still to come.
Chan's management company released a statement shortly after this Instagram post to say that, actually, the star hadn't agreed to star in Rush Hour 4, so it seemed like we were back at square one.
Later in 2019, Tucker insisted that the pair were still talking about the fourth movie, as well as a "lot of different projects", adding: "Hopefully we'll get something going real soon."
So here's where we stand with Rush Hour 4 and everything you need to know about it.
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Rush Hour 4 release date: When will Rush Hour 4 be released?
Until the movie gets under way, there's no way of knowing the exact release date for the fourth movie, but based on the previous movies, it looks like we'll be getting a late-summer release.
Rush Hour came out on September 18, 1998, with the sequel following on August 3, 2001 and the threequel on August 10, 2007.
It's unlikely that the fourth movie will go into production this year, so you're looking at 2021 at the earliest for filming to start. That would indicate a summer 2022 release at the very earliest.
But don't hold your breath.
Rush Hour 4 cast: Who's coming back for Rush Hour 4?
For now, we'll assume that both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker would be back as mismatched duo Chief Inspector Lee and Detective James Carter.
It would seem a bit strange to wait this long to do a fourth movie and then to go ahead with just one of them.
Besides the two leads, there's not much scope for returns from the original trilogy as only Chan and Tucker are the mainstays in the series. However, Tzi Ma could be back as Ambassador Solon Han after appearing in the first and third movies.
Solon Han's daughter Soo-Yung Han also featured in the first and third movies, but has been played by Julia Hsu (Rush Hour) and Zhang Jingchu (Rush Hour 3).
Don't expect to see anyone from the cancelled TV series, just in case you were wondering.
Behind the camera, don't expect Brett Ratner to return as director either. He directed all three previous movies, but was accused in 2017 of sexual harassment by Olivia Munn, Natasha Henstridge and four others. He denied all allegations.
Following the allegations, Warner Bros (who released the trilogy through New Line Cinema) announced in April 2018 that it will not renew its co-financing and first-look deals with Ratner and his company RatPac-Dune Entertainment (via Variety).
Rush Hour 4 trailer: Any Rush Hour 4 footage yet?
No chance of any footage yet, of course, but given the massive delays, we wouldn't be surprised if there was some sort of behind-the-scenes footage when/if the movie starts filming.
Rush Hour 4 will be released at some point (maybe).
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