Rush Hour 4 in production
'Rush Hour' producers have confirmed a fourth movie is currently in production.
Arthur Sarkissian has teamed up with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan again to work on a follow up to the 2007 action movie, and the producer admits the film will be ''more gritty'' in a similar way to the franchise's debut motion picture in 1998, which saw the pair portray cops who team up to get back a kidnapped child.
He said: ''I am working on 'Rush Hour 4' right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. I'm trying to do it closer to how I did 'Rush Hour 1', more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real, the way the first one was.''
Arthur is keen to attract Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer to the forthcoming film, and thinks she would make an ideal onscreen wife for Jackie's alter-ego Lee.
He explained: ''Maybe Chris is now married, maybe Jackie is married to Octavia Spencer, I don't know. Married to Chris's cousin, they live in Shanghai, Chris goes out to visit them. I don't know, I want something energetic. Why not? If it's good, script is good you'll get anybody.''
While Arthur is not completely sure what the film's storyline will be, the producer admits he ''was not happy'' with the third instalment of the franchise, which saw Lee and Carter (Chris) head to Paris to protect a French woman with a good knowledge of Triad secret leaders.
He added to CraveOnline: ''I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It's not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that or a sequel to it by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don't want that. I want something new.''