Tucked inside this Deadline report on how much in-demand Damon Wayans Jr apparently is during the current TV pilot season is a mention that one of the many offers he’s fielding is that recently-announced “Rush Hour” serial adaptation.
Essentially, he’s been offered a part in it, although the Deadline piece doesn’t say exactly what role he’s been offered. But I can only assume that it’s the role originated by Chris Tucker in the feature film franchise. What else would it be? Although the currently in demand Wayans Jr hasn’t yet made a decision, as he considers his other options, it would appear.
Wayans Jr. being offered a role in “Rush Hour” the TV series comes on the heels of news of his departing FOX’s comedy series “New Girl.”
Last week, CBS gave 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).
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.