Maybe encouraged by the attempts to turn the “Beverly Hills Cop” movie franchise into an hourly TV drama series, director Brett Ratner is teaming up with the makers of “Cougar Town” for a new one-hour TV comedy series that will be based on the “Rush Hour” films he directed, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.
Expected to follow a similar story, style and structure as the films, the TV series will follow the misadventures of a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (played by Jackie Chan in the movies) and his not-so straight-laced black LAPD officer (originally portrayed by Chris Tucker).
No ETA, nor casting announcements yet, or what network it might air.
Who would you cast?
The 3 “Rush Hour” movies collectively grossed about $1 billion (adjusted for inflation) worldwide – clearly a commercial success.
All three films were directed by Ratner, who will serve as an executive producer on the new series.
“Cougar Town” executive producers Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick will pen the series.
As for a 4th “Rush Hour” movie, a couple of years ago, producer Arthur Sarkissian, speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, revealed that a 4th film in the franchise was in “serious development,” adding: “I am working on ‘Rush Hour 4’ right now with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan… I’m trying to do it closer to how I did ‘Rush Hour 1,’ more down to earth, more gritty, introduce two new characters and make it real the way the first one was. I personally was not happy with the third one. I thought 1 and 2 were very good. I think 3 got out of hand a little bit. It’s not a matter of just bringing them back to do another segment of that, or a sequel to it, by putting them in another city and having them bicker. I don’t want that. I want something new.”
No word on where “Rush Hour 4” currently stands, especially with news of a TV series based on the franchise, now in development.