Though Jackie Chan has shared no interest in making another installment of the action comedy Rush Hour its not stopping the growth of the franchise. In a recent Warner Bros. TV deal fans of the film franchise can now look forward to a possible TV series.
The dust has settled on Beverly Hills Cop not becoming a series in the near future, but another hugely popular action comedy is attempting to head to television. Warner Bros. TV has sealed the deal to turn the buddy cop pic Rush Hour into an hour-long series full of big stunts and bigger laughs, with franchise director Brett Ratner serving as executive producer. We knew it was only a matter of time before Ratner went back down this road…at 100 m.p.h. The most interesting part of this Rush Hour series, at least from a TV viewing standpoint, is that Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence will serve as co-writer and co-executive producer for the series. His involvement speaks to the level of comedy that Warner Bros. TV wants to bring to this project. (His other work includes creating Spin City and Clone High.) According to Deadline, he co-wrote the pilot (presumably) with showrunner Blake McCormick, who was a writer/producer on Cougar Town and King of the Hill. The first film was written by Jim Kouf, who has gone on to create the dark fairy tale drama Grimm, and Ross LaManna, who also wrote the non-James Cameron Titanic flick in 1996. The second two Rush Hour flicks were written by Jeff Nathanson, who penned Ratner’s Tower Heist, Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can and Speed 2: Cruise Control. It doesn’t take Sherlock to figure out that Lawrence’s sensibilities are completely different from those guys. And on the opposite side of the spectrum, Lawrence isn’t really known for writing exciting action sequences. It’ll be interesting to see the jokes to car crash ratio if this thing ever comes to light.