Brett Ratner is Telling People He's Directing RUSH HOUR 4 and Warner Bros. is Like, "No!"
Remember that Bret Ratner guy who made a lot of bad movies and then was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment? After all of those allegations came out against him, Warner Bros. was quick to cut all ties with him and his production company. Well, the Ratner apparently thinks he's going to make a big comeback with directing Rush Hour 4.
According to THR, Ratner is plotting his comeback and has been telling associates that he will direct the fourth film in the franchise. But that's not gonna happen! The studio does not want him back and they do not want him to direct Rush Hour 4. According to a source:
"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. He's trying to make believe he's employable. Putting together a movie with him would be 'a suicide mission.'"
Ratner certainly has an ego. It's just crazy that he thinks he can actually save his career at this point. Hollywood is not tolerating people like him or Harvey Weinstein anymore. There's a huge culture change happening right now and no one is going to start going backward at this point.
There's one producer at Warner Bros. who still wants a Rush Hour 4 film and that producer is Arthur Sarkissian. He "has long been pressing to make a fourth film in the $850 million-grossing franchise and believes that with the right script, stars Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker will be on board." The thing is, no one will want to be a part of it if Ratner is involved in any way. Sarkissian was asked about the film project, and he says:
"The scandal broke and they put a pin in it. I went back [to them] and said, 'I want to do my movie.' They said, 'Fair enough.'"
Sarkissian goes on to confirm that Ratner is "not attached" to the project, and he doesn’t know why Ratner is going around telling people that he is directing Rush Hour 4. When Asked if there is any chance Ratner might direct the fourth film, Sarkissian had nothing definitive to say.
"All I’m interested in is to make the best movie possible."
What's funny is that Ratner checks in with the studio every month or two to ask them about the how the project is coming along. Although the studio maintains that Ratner will not be directing Rush Hour 4, a source says that "no one is willing to tell Brett he’s not the director of the picture."
Maybe one of those high-level studio executives should tell him now the word is out.