CBS has given a pilot production commitment to a TV adaptation of the 1998 action-comedy “Rush Hour” from comedy vet Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. TV.
Lawrence is co-writing the script with Blake McCormick and is exec producing through his WBTV-based Doozer Prods. The original feature, directed by Brett Ratner, was released by New Line Cinema, a unit of Warner Bros.
Like the original feature, the series’ storyline will revolve around a stoic Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to work a case with a cocky African-American cop. McCormick has worked with Lawrence on the ABC/TBS comedy “Cougar Town” since 2010, rising to showrunner in the past two seasons.
Ratner, Arthur Sarkissian and Doozer’s Jeff Ingold will also exec produce the “Rush Hour” redo.
“Rush Hour” is the latest example of networks turning to vintage movies for development fodder. Earlier this week, Fox cut a deal to develop the Tom Hanks comedy “Big” as a series.
CBS Orders ‘Rush Hour’ Drama Pilot, 2 More Comedies
CBS has ordered a drama pilot based on the “Rush Hour” action pic franchise starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
The Warner Bros. TV pilot was written by comedy vets Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian are exec producing with Lawrence, McCormick and Jeff Ingold of Lawrence’s Doozer Prods. banner.
With comedy writers at the helm CBS’ spin on “Rush Hour” is sure to keep to the comedic tone of the original 1998 New Line feature about a stoic Hong Kong police officer assigned to work a case in Los Angeles with a cocky local cop who has no interest in a partner. The success of the first installment spawned “Rush Hour 2″ in 2001 and “Rush Hour 3″ in 2007.
CBS’ has dabbled in similar waters before. Two years ago it won the bidding for a new incarnation of “Beverly Hills Cop” produced by Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy. The project went to pilot but was not picked up to series.
On the comedy front, CBS is taking a second stab at a single-camera project from writer/exec producer Greg Garcia and CBS TV Studios that went to pilot in 2013. “Super Clyde” revolved around a meek fast-food worker who finds a calling. Stephen Fry, Rupert Grint and Tyler Labine starred in the 2013 rendition.
Garcia most recently exec produced the CBS comedy “The Millers,” which was yanked late last year, a few episodes into its second season.
“Joe Time” is a multicamera pilot from Warner Bros. TV and writer/exec producer Bill Wrubel. It revolves around a family man who is frustrated that everyone around him enjoys life more than he does.
The director of one blockbuster action-adventure feature franchise, National Treasure, is set to direct the TV adaptation of another, Rush Hour. National Treasure helmer Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct and executive produce the hourlong CBS pilot Rush Hour, based on New Line’s buddy movies.
Written by Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence and the series’ executive producer/showrunner McCormick, Rush Hour centers on a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (played in the features by Jackie Chan) assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer (originally played by Chris Tucker) who has no interest in a partner. The movies’ director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian also executive produce. There was talk about Ratner potentially directing the pilot but that didn’t happen. Warner Bros TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer are producing.
The last three pilots Turteltaub directed have all gone to series, which he executive produced, Jericho and Harper’s Island on CBS and Common Law on USA. In features, he most recently helmed hit comedy Last Vegas.
Dexter alumna Aimee Garcia is set to co-star opposite Jon Foo in CBS’ hourlong pilot Rush Hour. Also cast in the project, based on the hit movie franchise, is Jessika Van.
Written/executive produced by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick and directed/exec produced by Jon Turteltaub, the pilot centers on Lee (Foo), a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with Carter, a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Garcia will play Didi Diaz, a sergeant with the LAPD who chose to leave the streets once she became a mom. Didi is Carter’s former partner who knows him better than most people and is not afraid to call him out. Van will play Det. Lee’s (Foo) younger sister Kim, one of the few female officers with the Hong Kong Police Department.
The movies’ director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian also executive produce with Jeff Ingold for Warner Bros TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer.
Garcia, repped by Atlas Artists, Paradigm and attorney Lev Ginsburg, most recently was seen in MGM’s Robocop.