CBS ‘Rush Hour’ TV Series Gets Pilot Order Under ‘Scrubs’ Creator Bill Lawrence
Far be it for us to ever question our TV overlords and the small-screen movie reboot trend, but at least some franchises feel fair game for a fresh take. Cue loudmouth Chris Tucker wailing, as ‘Rush Hour’ will move forward with an official pilot order at CBS, written under ‘Scrubs’ and ‘Cougar Town’ creator Bill Lawrence.
CBS made official the TV remake of Brett Ratner’s 1998 Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan venture, also approving pilots for a ‘Super-Clyde’ re-do and multicamera sitcom ‘Joe Time.’ As to the new ‘Rush Hour,’ produced by Lawrence and ‘Cougar Town’ partner Blake McCormick, with Ratner on board to EP, so reads the familiar logline for the new one-hour drama:
A stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner.
The original 1998 breakout comedy spawned its first sequel in 2001, followed by a Paris-set caper in 2007, all directed by Ratner. No word yet on whether a ‘Rush Hour’ TV series would take the place of a fourth installment in the movie franchise, though development on the theatrical feature appears to have stalled.
We’re willing to see what CBS does with a potential ‘Rush Hour’ series, particularly if the talent is there to replace Tucker and Chan (let’s just keep Kevin Hart out of it), but what say you? Would you want to a see new hourlong weekly ‘Rush Hour?’