I just happened to stumble across this trailer for the upcoming CBS TV series on YouTube; apparently it’s been online for a couple of months now, but we definitely haven’t posted it on this blog, because I wasn’t aware that a trailer even existed. It could very well be that this is the trailer that was shown during CBS’ upfronts presentation in the spring, and it was eventually leaked online. Which means that there still may be an official trailer coming from CBS that will be released closer to the date the series premieres during the first half of 2016, so this may not be the final.
Regardless, here’s your first official look at CBS’ “Rush Hour” series, which the network has set for a mid-season 201/2016 premiere.
Previously, Damon Wayans Jr was offered the part originated by Chris Tucker in the movie franchise, but the role was eventually given to actor/comedian Justin Hires of “Key & Peele” fame (he’s also appeared on the big screen in films like “21 Jump Street”).
Based on the feature film of the same name, which gave birth to a trilogy of movies starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the series is expected to follow a similar story, style and structure as the films – 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).
CBS’ official synopsis reads: Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick LAPD detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s alleged death and learn more about her connection to a Chinese organized crime ring. Detective Carter (Justin Hires), on the other hand, is a wisecracking cop who plays by his own rules and has never wanted a partner. As exasperated as Carter’s boss, Captain Cole (Wendie Malick), gets with him, she knows he’s a brilliant detective who gets results. Attempting to help the two get along is Sergeant Didi Diaz (Aimee Garcia), Carter’s friend and former partner who doesn’t hesitate to call him out on his antics. But even as cultures clash and tempers flare, Carter and Lee can’t deny they make a formidable team, and grudgingly admit that sometimes an unlikely pairing makes for a great partnership.
The series is penned by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick, and is executive-produced by Arthur Sarkissian, Brett Ratner, Jeff Ingold and director Jon Turteltaub.
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.