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CBS Orders TV Pilot based on ‘Rush Hour’ Movie Franchise. Who Would You Cast?

CBS Orders TV Pilot based on 'Rush Hour' Movie Franchise. Who Would You Cast?

Films based on TV shows; TV shows based on films. The door swings both ways I suppose. 

CBS has given a pilot order to “Rush Hour,” which will be, of course, based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan

The potential series was first announced last October, when director Brett Ratner revealed that he was 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. Although, at the time, it didn’t have a home. Now CBS has apparently stepped up and claimed it!

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.

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, some 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 getting closer to becoming a reality..

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