CBS Gives Pilot Production Commitment to HUMANTIAS Trustee Bill Lawrence
CBS has given a pilot production commitment to a TV adaptation of the 1998 action-comedy “Rush Hour” from comedy vet Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. TV.
Lawrence is co-writing the script with Blake McCormick and is exec producing through his WBTV-based Doozer Prods. The original feature, directed by Brett Ratner, was released by New Line Cinema, a unit of Warner Bros.
Like the original feature, the series’ storyline will revolve around a stoic Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to work a case with a cocky African-American cop. McCormick has worked with Lawrence on the ABC/TBS comedy “Cougar Town” since 2010, rising to showrunner in the past two seasons.
Ratner, Arthur Sarkissian and Doozer’s Jeff Ingold will also exec produce the “Rush Hour” redo.
“Rush Hour” is the latest example of networks turning to vintage movies for development fodder. Earlier this week, Fox cut a deal to develop the Tom Hanks comedy “Big” as a series.