Rush Hour’ TV Series in the Works; ‘Scrubs’ Creator Set as Showrunner


In what is quickly becoming a weekly tradition around here, it’s now time to announce that yet another popular film franchise is heading to the small screen. Up on the revival chopping block this week is the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy cop trilogy,Rush Hour.

The first film opened in 1998 to good reviews, and made nearly $250 million worldwide on a budget of only $33 million. That kind of success obviously led to a sequel in relatively short order, which earned about $100 million more than the original, despite less flattering critical sentiment. Six years later, Rush Hour 3 was released, and the law of diminishing returns finally caught up with the series. Critics ravaged the threequel, and box office totals dropped off fast after a good first week. While talk of a fourth film has come and gone in the years since, it would now appear that Lee and Carter’s next stop is a living room near you.

As you might imagine, Brett Ratner – director of all three Rush Hour films – is shepherding the  TV adaptation of the franchise, and will serve as an executive producer. Of course, Brett Ratner being involved with a project is an aspect likely to turn many potential viewers off, most notably those who still haven’t forgiven the man for what he did to the original X-Men movie franchise. Well, those folks may want to reconsider writing the show off, as it won’t be Ratner that handles the day-to-day creative direction of the series.

Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence has signed on as showrunner for theRush Hour TV series, and will also co-script the pilot episode with longtime collaborator Blake McCormick. The actual plot of the series is expected to mirror the premise of the first Rush Hour film, and will focus on a by-the-book Hong Kong cop that gets called into action in Los Angeles, only to be reluctantly teamed up with an arrogant LAPD officer. Of course, anyone who’s seen the movies will know that they become a very effective team.

For the full article visit Screenrant

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