'Rush Hour' Returns
Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan and director Brett Ratner have signed up to make a third Rush Hour movie. After years of negotiations and speculation the trio will team up again for Rush Hour 3, with a fourth film still to be determined. As part of the deal, funnyman Tucker will earn $20 million for signing up and a further 20 per cent of the gross. Chan will pick up $15 million and 15 percent of the gross. Rush Hour 2 was a global smash hit, raking in over $320 million. Shooting on the third film will begin next summer. It's expected to hit cinemas in the summer of 2007.
Apparently they hit sticking points because they had to work out Chan's schedule and Tucker's pay deal. Because, you know, Chan is so busy and Tucker needs money to tide him over between working exclusively on the Rush Hour franchise.
On the other hand, maybe Chris Tucker is onto something. Jackie Chan got $20 million for the last Rush Hour movie, too. But since then, he's been busy proving that Americans aren't interested in seeing him in anything else that doesn't costar Owen Wilson.
Chris Tucker, on the other hand, has made it clear that if they don't meet his price, he's perfectly willing to never work again. No one will ever know if audiences are eager to see him in a movie on his own.