With the release of Jackie Chan’s latest film Chinese Zodiac (aka CZ12 aka Armour of God III) in China last week, the aging action star has been doing the press circuit over there and fielding some questions about potential upcoming projects. Although this movie was supposed to mark his retirement from full-blown action roles, it is already looking like that won’t be the case. Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Chan revealed that he will likely be taking part in a couple of big Hollywood action films, one of which is The Expendables 3. He is also working on another project that could end up being a new Rush Hour film, although as of right now it is going under the working title Skip Tracer. Here’s what he had to say about these projects:
“Sly had invited me to be in [The] Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming CZ12 and couldn’t make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes.”
He then went on to talk about Skip Tracer, which could potentially reteam him with Chris Tucker:
“The script is currently viewed by Chris Tucker. Personally, I feel that if he were to pick it up, it would be better if we turned it into Rush Hour 4 but I do think that three movies for the franchise is a perfect ending. It would be better to start a new buddy movie with someone new.”
We learned that Rush Hour 4 was in development back in July, so this isn’t a huge surprise, although it is strange to think that the script was not originally intended to be a Rush Hour sequel. Chan also mentioned that he is planning Police Story 2013 and a movie called I Am Jackie Chan. Clearly, he is not retiring anytime soon, and he clarified his earlier announcement saying that he will probably just start using CG as opposed to doing all of his own stunts. Are you happy to hear that Jackie Chan will continue to make action movies and are you looking forward to these upcoming projects?