Jackie Chan says Rush Hour 4 is re-entering development, but the final chapter in the Shanghai Noon series is the better sequel he's made.
According to reports, "Rush Hour 4" is in the works, but the Jackie Chan sequel that should be made is the long-discussed "Shanghai Dawn." After starring in Hong Kong action films in the 1970s and 1980s, Jackie Chan achieved his coveted success in Hollywood in the late 20th century. After making his debut with The Rumble in the Bronx in 1996, Jackie broke out in full force in the 1998 blockbuster action-comedy Rush Hour, where he starred alongside Chris Tucker in the cop comedy comedy . The runaway success of "Rush Hour" also spawned two sequels, "Rush Hour 2" and "Rush Hour 3."
At the Red Sea Film Festival, Jackie Chan announced that Rush Hour 4 was in development, but Rush Hour was not Jackie Chan's Century. 2000's "Shanghai Noon," featuring Owen Wilson in the Old West, led to 2003's sequel, "Shanghai Knights." The third film in the series, "Shanghai Dawn," was also regularly discussed in the years following "Shanghai Knights." Rush Hour 4 had a series of false starts, and while Rush Hour 4 seems more likely, Shanghai Dawn is the unproduced Jackie Chan sequel That should be approved.
The Rush Hour Franchise Has Run Its Course
When Rush Hour first came out, Jackie Chan as Detective Lee and Chris Tucker as Rush Hour detective James Carter's buddy chemistry felt fresh and unique, and set the bar high for their return in Rush Hour 2 expected. That movie flipped Fish Out - the first film's water concept was set in Hong Kong and introduced the most terrifying villain in Hoo Li (Zhang Ziyi). Unfortunately, Rush Hour 3 not only offers anything new outside of the same tiresome Rush Hour template, but also a smaller version with much weaker action scenes.
The Rush Hour franchise was only revived briefly in 2016 with the short-lived Rush Hour TV series, but Rush Hour 3 showed that there is an upper limit to how far the franchise's formula can go. Rush Hour 3 makes little use of its Parisian setting (such as recruiting actors from the 13th arrondissement to salvage its action sequences), and Chan and Tucker don't have the same level of comedic material as the first two Rush Hour films. All in all, Rush Hour 3 shows how Much of the energy of the initial rush hour has dissipated from the franchise.
The Shanghai Franchise Has More Potential
The Shanghai films share a similar sibling comedy conceit to the Rush Hour trilogy, but they also add more originality and variety, making each film a unique novelty. This is the foundation on which Shanghai Sugon can easily build. Shanghai Noon's Old West scene is a perfect complement to the comic banter between Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan's Hong Kong-style action scenes. The Shanghai Knights take Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon to Victorian London and introduce Wang's sister, Chon Lin (Fann Wong), which turns things up even more. Shanghai Knights also greatly upped the action in Shanghai Noon, even pitting Jackie Chan against Donnie Yen as the villain Wu Zhou.
The Shanghai series makes wider use of everything Jackie Chan is known for and is good at, and their intentionally anachronistic approach is half the fun of both films. Shanghai Dawn's 19th century (or early 20th century) time frame makes almost any new setting a new and exciting experience for the franchise. On top of that, the time difference since the Shanghai Knights will effectively make this a traditional sequel with an adventure element, bringing back an even older Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon may have put a wackier spin on the Logan formula.
Why Rush Hour 4 Is Happening Before Shanghai Noon 3
As for why "Rush Hour 4" was released earlier than "Shanghai Dawn", it boils down to the commercial feasibility of the former. While both Shanghai films were critically acclaimed, box office results were disappointing. Compared with Rush Hour movies, Shanghai movies are gradually established in the process of gradually becoming cult classics. Despite Rush Hour 3's underwhelming box office, the Rush Hour movie still managed the higher gross of the two franchises.
In general, Rush Hour films are also more permeable to the cultural zeitgeist than Shanghai films. The very existence of Rush Hour 3 speaks for itself, with Shanghai Dawn never reaching any real momentum for an actual production. Judging from the background of each film, the sense of urgency behind the scenes of "Rush Hour" returning to theaters is simply greater than that of Shanghai movies.
Will Shanghai Noon 3 Ever Actually Happen?
With Jackie Chan apparently prioritizing Rush Hour 4, the chances of Shanghai Dawn appearing relatively low. Jackie Chan's innumerable harrowing stunts have left him with a huge injury list, which will be a factor He has to consider whether he is willing to be Shanghai Liming. There are also the usual questions about scripts, budgets, schedules and other logistics of filmmaking, and whether Owen Wilson would be interested in returning.
Having said that, the fact that Chen said he was going to make Rush Hour 4 suggests that his many injuries were not the hindrances he thought they were. In fact, Jackie Chan continues to perform impressive stunts and fight scenes into the 21st century. Still, while Shanghai Dawn is certainly not out of the question, it doesn't seem to have the immediate buzz that Rush Hour 4 did. Ducks in a row. Since Jackie Chan has basically left American movies behind and is approaching his 70s, he may see Rush Hour 4 as a vehicle to officially exit Hollywood, the movie that kicked off his Western career. Still, Shanghai Liming's failure to get off the ground was arguably the most glaring missed opportunity in Chan's career. If Jackie Chan is finally ready Saying goodbye to Hollywood, there's no better final rodeo than a final ride with Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon.
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