Movie fans were hoping to see the next entry in the Rush Hour film franchise and a sequel to The Karate Kid for a while now, but it seems like they are in for a big disappointment. Following the recent media speculations that Jackie Chan signed on to star in these projects, the actor’s representatives JC Group issued a statement in which they deny his involvement in Rush Hour 4 and The Karate Kid 2.
According to the statement on Chan’s official website, someone misused WeChat and email accounts of film producer Esmond Ren to release “false information concerning the hiring of the crew, casting, audition, and other matters” in connection to these two projects.
“With respect to the above information, on behalf of Mr. Chan, we hereby declare that any and all such information, as spread by such infringer relating to Mr. Chan providing or about to provide acting services in the motion pictures Rush Hour 4 and/or The Karate Kid 2 is false.” – the statement continues. “Any relevant information released by any infringer through appropriating the personal WeChat and email accounts of Mr. Esmond Ren is false, and Mr. Chan does not have anything to do with such released information or the content thereof.”
This comes just days after Jackie Chan’s Rush Hour co-star Chris Tucker shared a photo of himself and Chan, with both actors holding up four fingers. This was interpreted as Rush Hour 4 tease and the sign that the movie might end up happening especially since both actors previously confirmed that the next installment in the film series is in the works.
Chan said in 2017 that the script for Rush Hour 4 is in the works, while Tucker confirmed in 2018 that the movie is in production. Unfortunately, it looks like this isn’t the case after all.