Deadline reports that Warner Bros TV has closed a deal to produce an hour-long television series based on the Rush Hour films.
The series will be co-written and executive produced by Bill Lawrence (Ground Floor, Cougar Town, Spin City, Scrubs). Director Brett Ratner, who directed all three Rush Hour films, will serve as executive producer along with Arthur Sarkissian, who also produced all three films.
The Rush Hour series were buddy cop/martial arts/action comedy films. The first film featured a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (Jackie Chan) assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer (Chris Tucker). All three films were commercial successes, with world wide total revenue over $800 million. The Rush Hour television series is expected to follow the same format.
The series will likely recast the roles of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Chan indicated that Warner Bros was still interested in doing a fourth Rush Hour film, but no progress has been made.
Rush Hour won’t be the only big movie title being adapted as a series; 2002’s Minority Report was recently sold as a series to Fox with a pilot commitment.
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