It’s another ‘Rush’ job for Tucker

Co-star to reprise role, pic release date not set

Chris Tucker is in negotiations to reprise his role as Detective James Carter in “Rush Hour 3” — the only film role the actor has played since the first “Rush” made him a star in 1998.

The third installment of the New Line Cinema laffer could rep an eight-figure deal for Tucker. Brett Ratner is set to direct.

No word on when co-star Jackie Chan — who goes without agency representation — will start his negotiations. New Line’s 1998 “Rush Hour” and its 2001 follow-up grossed a combined total of $367 million domestically.

Script for “Rush 3” has been written by Jeff Eastin, Ross LaManna and Jason Richman.

Still at issue for “Rush 3” is whether the film will be ready for a 2004 or 2005 release. Ratner, who fell off “Superman” at Warner Bros. in March, is eager to get back to work. However, while polishing the “Rush 3” script, he’s also contemplating helming the “Get Shorty” sequel at MGM. Based on Elmore Leonard’s “Be Cool,” John Travolta has already begun negotiating to come aboard (Daily Variety, May 28).

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Chan recently wrapped Emperor Multimedia Group’s “The Medallion,” which will be distribbed in the U.S. by Columbia Pictures, and toplined “Around the World in 80 Days” for Walden Media. “World” is now in post.

“Rush 3” is overseen by New Line Prods. prexy Toby Emmerich and senior VP of development and production Chris Godsick.

Tucker is repped in the deal by Endeavor.