Ricky Tan died for this.
A Hollywood executive sits across from another, exhausted from a six-hour brainstorming session. "Pitching original movie concepts is difficult," he proclaims, "I daresay this is pointless!" The other, ever the voice of reason, concocts a brilliant scheme. "I know," she says. "Let us take a beloved franchise, and reboot it!" "Ah," says Exec One, "I like the cut of your jib. What did you have in mind?" "Hmmm," replies Exec 2," "well, seeing as we've already done Ghostbusters, and apparently Lord Of The Flies is in the works, what about Rush Hour?" "Of course," says Exec 1, eyes widening. "Good thinking! But we'll have to make it an all-female reboot. It can be the next Ocean's 8!"
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And thus, a female-led Rush Hour was ushered into the developmental stages. Though the Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan-led series is a classic in itself, Hollywood has once again dipped into their bag o' tricks, and concluded that a slightly altered reboot was the move. Like Ghostbusters before it, this variation of Rush Hour is said to feature two women handling the leading roles. While the casting process has yet to gain momentum, it is said that actress BingBing Li (Days Of Future Past) is being eyed for Jackie Chan's role.
While the idea of rebooting franchises is nothing new, the trend has become increasingly tired, coming off as lazy at this point. It almost feels like these decisions are made strictly to elicit a strong response on social media. Should the pair be looking to introduce a pair of female detectives as iconic as Chris Tucker's Carter and Jackie Chan's Lee, perhaps they might have benefitted from an original series. Are you even remotely interested in a Rush Hour reboot?