Blockbuster Film Franchise to Become TV Series

Sep 30, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A film series that has been huge at the box office is being turned into a television series. Deadline.com reports that the “Rush Hour” movies are in the works as a one-hour action comedy from Warner Bros. TV.

On tap to co-write and executive produce is Bill Lawrence, one of WBTV’s top showrunners, the report notes. Also lined up as exec producers are the film franchise’s director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian.

“Written by ‘Cougar Town’ co-creator Lawrence and the series’ executive producer/showrunner Blake McCormick, ‘Rush Hour’ is expected to stay close to the premiere of the original movie, with a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer, played in the features by Jackie Chan, assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer, originally played by Chris Tucker, who has no interest in a partner,” the article notes.

The three-movie franchise, which launched in 1998, has grossed better than $500 million in the U.S., topping $845 million worldwide, the report adds.

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