Get Ready for ‘Rush Hour’ to Become a Buddy Cop Comedy TV Series

By September 30, 2014
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“Do you understand the words that are comin’ out of my mouth?!” Those immortal words spoken by Chris Tucker might again bear repeating, as we have news of a revival of the buddy cop film franchise in the form of a TV series.

EW reports Warner Bros. Television is currently putting together a prime-time adaptation of the Rush Hour film franchise, a box office smash hit trilogy that starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan as two very different police officers forced to work together, teaming up to stop big criminals and causing endless destruction along the way.

Much like the original film from 1998 (yeah, that movie is 16 years old), the series follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in having a partner.

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The film franchise’s director Brett Ratner is on board as an executive producer along with Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold. But the part that might make this show interesting is the presence of “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence as a writer along with Blake McCormick, both coming off of “Cougar Town.”

Of course, this series is still early in development, and doesn’t even have a network home yet. Much like the Beverly Hills Cop TV series that was attempted a couple years ago, the potential series might not get picked up and may not even get a pilot order. But if the leads are good, this has the potential to be the police procedural action comedy that “The Good Guys” on Fox couldn’t seem to crack.

There have been rumblings that the movie studios want to get Jackie Chan back with Chris Tucker for Rush Hour 4, but we won’t hold our breath. A television series adaptation sounds like it would be much better, though we’re not exactly foaming at the mouth to see it. What do you think? Does this have potential?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.