AceShowbiz - Filmaker Brett Ratner has claimed that he's set to direct "Rush Hour 4" despite the fact that he was not actually being confirmed for the job. Ratner seems to be plotting his comeback after he's been accused of sexual misconduct on November 1, 2017. The "Rush Hour" franchise may be his only way now.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Ratner has been boasting to associates about directing "Rush Hour 4" if there is one. "Brett has been walking around town telling people he's going to direct a 'Rush Hour' movie because it's his only way back in," says one of the sources. His boast puts Warner Bros. and its New Line Cinema in an awkward position.
The sources say that Ratner will not direct the fourth "Rush Hour" film if there is one. "He is trying to make believe that he's employable," says one of the sources. "Putting together a movie with him would be a 'suicide mission.' "
Another source says Ratner has been checking in with Warner Bros. every month or two to ask about the progress of the project but no one is willing to tell Ratner that he won't direct the new installment. This is due to the fact that Ratner has very close relationship with Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara and studio chairman Tobby Emmerich.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the matter. Ratner makes it complicated by pushing himself into the film production while no one wants him to direct the new installment. This complicated situation certainly can't help the production process of this movie now.
Main actors of the movie franchise, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, say that the movie is going to happen. "Rush Hour" producer Arthur Sarkissian states that Ratner is not involved in any way. The movie series producer doesn't know why Ratner is running around telling everyone that he is directing "Rush Hour 4".
Ratner, 49, directed all three "Rush Hour" movies, starting with the original in 1998. The most recent one, 2007's "Rush Hour 3", grossed $258 million worldwide.