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, $347 million worldwide) and 2007's Rush Hour 3 ($140 million domestic, $258 million worldwide). There was talk back in 2012 that Arthur M. Sarkissian was working on Rush Hour 4, and Jackie Chan himself revealed last month that Warner Bros. is still interested in making another film sequel. It remains to be seen if that movie will ever see the light of day.