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In Hollywood, familiarity breeds content. That's been especially true in recent weeks as TV writers and executives raid film libraries, looking to adapt movies into primetime series.
Among projects now in development: CBS' take on the Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour (this time from Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence) and a comedy based on Paul Weitz's 2004 feature In Good Company. NBC is rebooting two comedies, Real Genius and Problem Child, as well as creating a sequel to Marley & Me.
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- Michael Schneider
You can blame the huge success of Fargo for this. Hollywood, even before that, had been moving more and more to exploiting movie properties on the small screen. But since Fargo married up critical acclaim to a good audience? All bets are off.
Here are 23 - count 'em! - currently in differing stages of production...
The film: Earning Tom Hanks his first Oscar nomination, the beloved 1988 comedy drama Big saw him as Josh Baskin who, courtesy of a Zoltar machine, turns into an adult. Romance, work, and playing on a big piano follow.
Maybe encouraged by the attempts to turn the "Beverly Hills Cop" movie franchise into an hourly TV drama series, director Brett Ratner is 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, starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. 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). No Eta, nor casting announcements yet, or what »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian have teamed up again to produce a TV series based on the action comedy film franchise Rush Hour. The series is set up at Warner Bros. TV, and it will be an hourlong show on CBS.
The series will be written by Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence and showrunner Blake McCormick. According to Deadline, the Rush Hour series will stay close to the concept of the first film in the franchise. That will include a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer, who was played by Jackie Chan in the movies, who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with an arrogant Lapd officer — originally played by Chris Tucker — who is not interested in working with a partner.
I'm not really all that interested in seeing anything that Ratner's name is attached too. I haven't been impressed with anything he's done in years. »
- Joey Paur
Not long after it was revealed, the proposed TV series reboot of the "Rush Hour" franchise has landed a pilot production commitment at CBS.
The project marks the second Warner Bros. Television-produced series the network has picked up following a "Supergirl" series commitment last month.
The story follows a brash and outspoken Lapd cop who prefers to work alone being forced to team up with a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer. It is based on the Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker-led series of the same name.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Just days after Warner Bros. Television began shopping a TV series based on the Rush Hour movies, the project has landed a pilot production commitment at CBS. This is the second Wbtv project CBS has picked up in the past few weeks, after the network issued a series commitment to Supergirl.
Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence is co-writing the pilot script with Blake McCormick, who serves as executive producer and showrunner on Cougar Town. The series will stick closely to the Rush Hour movie format, following a brash and outspoken Lapd cop who prefers to work alone being forced to team up with a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan starred in Rush Hour and its subsequent sequels Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007). Warner Bros. is reportedly still interested in making the movie sequel Rush Hour 4, although there are no concrete plans in the works at this time. »
CBS is hoping that “Rush Hour” will translate to the small screen. Also read: CBS Hit With $10.4 Million Judgment Over ‘NCIS’ Set Death The network has given a pilot production commitment to an adaptation of the 1998 Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker movie. The action-comedy revamp is being written and executive produced by “Cougar Town” veterans Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. Also read: CBS's ‘Stalker’ Blasted by Parents Television Council for ‘Torture Porn’ Scene The updated “Rush Hour” is being produced by Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Bret Ratner, who directed the trio of films, is also executive producing, »
- Tim Kenneally
Rush Hour is coming to CBS. The network has given a pilot production commitment to the television adaptation of the 1998 film, which hails from Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick and Warner Bros. Television, EW has learned. Much like the premise of the film, which starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, the drama will follow a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles and forced to work with a cocky African-American Lapd officer who has no interest in a partner. Lawrence and McCormick will write and executive-produce the one-hour action comedy with original director Brett Ratner, »
- Natalie Abrams
CBS has booked Rush Hour. The network has handed out a pilot-production commitment to the hourlong action comedy adaptation of the blockbuster movie franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence, the TV remake is in similar tone to the New Line Cinema films and follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in L.A., where he's forced to work with a cocky black Lapd officer who has no interest in a partner. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker originated the roles in the three-film series. See more Faces
- Lesley Goldberg
A remake of the hit French film The Intouchables has been brewing since 2012 when Chris Tucker was in talks to take the role originated by Omar Sy and British actor Colin Firth was rumored to be attached. Since then directors like Tom Shadyac and Paul Feig have been linked to the project, but we're not sure who's supposed to get behind the camera now. However, a report from French site Allocine (via The Playlist) reports that Firth is still in the film, and comedian Kevin Hart will be taking the co-starring role. Does that mean this is going to become less of a drama and more of a straight-up comedy than the original? This would be the first film that isn't pure comedy for Hart, who hasn't really shown that he has the acting chops to take on a role like this. The original French film is funny but touching »
- Ethan Anderton
Rush Hour is to become a TV series.
The television version - co-written by Lawrence and Cougar Town colleague Blake McCormick - will stick close to the original premise, which saw a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (played by Chan) teamed with a cocky Us cop (played by Tucker).
A fourth cinematic outing was previously mooted in 2012, with producer Arthur Sarkissian hinting at a "more down to earth, more gritty" new instalment.
Watch a clip from 1998's Rush Hour below: »
While Rush Hour 4 may never see the light of day, the franchise may in fact find new life on the small screen. According to Entertainment Weekly, Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence and co-producer Blake McCormick are writing a Rush Hour TV series, with series director Brett Ratner on board as executive producer.
There is no network deal in place yet, but the series is expected to follow the same formula as the films, which saw a by-the-books police officer from Hong Kong travel to Los Angeles, where he’s forced to team up with a cocky African-American Lapd officer.
Unlike some films that Hollywood studios try to transform into television series, Rush Hour is a franchise that could work quite well on TV. It lends itself well to the popular police procedural format, and features two leads who are at odds with one another but are forced to work »
- James Garcia
Yet another film is being adapted for TV – Rush Hour. In a trend that seems to be dominating future schedules about as much as comic book adaptations, Rush Hour is the latest in a long line of adaptations including everything from Spielberg blockbusters like Minority Report to Mark Wahlberg movies like Shooter.
Written by regular Warner Bros showrunner Bill Lawrence, co-creator of Cougar Town, the show will feature hour long episodes and, apparently, the plot of the original film. That is to say, it’s not a follow-up or a prequel, but a straight televisual remake.
The film franchise’s director Brett Ratner and its producer Arthur Sarkissian are involved with the new show on executive producer duties. We’d wager that this will involve quality control more than anything else, though.
Bill Lawrence, Arthur Sarkissian and Brett Ratner are reportedly looking to bring buddy film Rush Hour to TV. The 1998 classic film spawned many sequels and is looked upon with favor as a classic comedy. However, they are ow looking to expand it to the small screen for laughter and action. Warner Bros. TV is assisting with the very early plans while we have no TV networks expressing interest or any word on who they may cast the roles with. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker have starred in the first 3 films.
I really am hopeful that they can. The movies were amazing and I think a TV version would be a great addition to the franchise. The only thing that will make or break it would be the cast. However, we don’t really having anything to go with on who they may consider. I just hope that they would pick »
- Sarah Peel
"Cougar Town" co-creator Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick will pen the series which follows a straight-laced Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles. He finds himself forced to work with a cocky African-American L.A.P.D. officer who has no interest in having a partner.
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker starred in the original 1998 film and its two subsequent sequels. Brett Ratner, who directed all three films, will serve as executive producer on the show alongside Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
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 ...
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- Michael Kennedy
Bill Lawrence and Cougar Town executive producer/showrunner Blake McCormick are writing the pilot episode for this one-hour action-comedy series, which is expected to stick close to the original 1998 movie that starred Chris Tucker as an outspoken L.A.P.D. cop who partners with a Hong Kong inspector (Jackie Chan) to solve a kidnapping.
Brett Ratner will serve as an executive producer of the TV series alongside Arthur M. Sarkissian. It isn't clear if the producers and Warner Bros. Television are aiming for a network or cable TV home for this project, once the script is complete.
Rush Hour was one of the biggest surprise hits at the box office in 1998, pulling in $141 million domestically and over $244 million worldwide, spawning the 2001 sequel Rush Hour 2 ($226 million domestic, »
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Hot on the heels of the news that Fox is developing a TV series adaptation of the 1988 film Big comes word that a Rush Hour TV show is also in development—and from another Cougar Town executive producer, no less. Deadline reports that director Brett Ratner and TV vet Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) have closed a deal with Warner Bros. TV to co-write and executive produce an hourlong action comedy adaptation of the Rush Hour franchise. Ratner directed all three films in the series, which was essentially a trio of buddy cop action-comedies revolving around a straight-laced Hong Kong cop (Jackie Chan) who is paired with a cocky, fast-talking Lapd officer (Chris Tucker). More on the Rush Hour TV show after the jump. Per Deadline, the plan for the Rush Hour TV show is to stay close to the premise of the first film, revolving around the oddball pairing of the two cops. »
- Adam Chitwood
Warner Bros. TV are bringing back the fish-out-of-water buddy comedy, Rush Hour. Don’t worry, you needn’t waste resources on rolling your eyes. Sure, everyone’s a smidgen cynical about the remake/reboot/adaptation cycle the industry is stuck in. But this new venture holds promise: Bill Lawrence, of Scrubs and Cougar Town fame, is on board to write and produce the show.
Under his Doozer Productions banner, Lawrence will co-write and produce along with Cougar Town showrunner Blake McCormick. As a massive fan of Lawrence’s comedy style, this news isn’t quite as sigh-worthy to me as it first seemed. Original franchise creator, Brett Ratner, and Arthur Sarkissian will also oversee the project as executive producers.
Rush Hour is expected »
- Gem Seddon
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