Back in last October, talks began surrounding the Rush Hour franchise becoming a TV series. The franchise which served as monumental moments for the careers of Chris Tucker, and Jackie Chan is planning it’s next phase as a TV show for CBS. The projects producer, Bill Lawrence talked with NukeTheFridge on the current status of the series which he explained how different the series may turn out from the original films.
TV producer Bill Lawrence was at the Television Critics Association press tour today for his NBC comedy Undateable. After the panel, in which his cast riffed on my flashy red shirt, I asked Lawrence about the Rush Hour TV series he’s developing. He confirmed that it will have martial arts and it will still be the characters Det. Lee and Carter, whom Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker played in the movie.“New plot, same characters, a little younger, a little different, fish out of water,” Lawrence said. “It’s a cool script. I’m psyched about it.” There’s got to be a relatively small pool of martial artists who would do television. The script is not picked up to pilot yet, but if it is, Lawrence said he would cast an actor and teach him martial arts. “The character will be a martial artist but you know how TV works,” Lawrence said. “I’m going to go with the best actor and then I’ll make anything work.”
Neither Chan or Tucker have yet been confirmed to be involved with the series.