Just weeks after CBS issued a pilot order for their Rush Hour TV series, National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct the pilot. The filmmaker will also serve as executive producer alongside series creators Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick. No cast members have been attached at this time, and it isn't known when the pilot will start production.
Bill Lawrence revealed last month that the show will center on the same types of characters as the Rush Hour movie franchise, except they will be "a little younger" and the show will feature a whole new story. The Rush Hour movies starred Chris Tucker as a cocky LAPD cop who is forced to team up with a by-the-book Hong Kong inspector (Jackie Chan). The original Rush Hour, which hit theaters in 1998, spawned the sequels Rush Hour 2 (2001) and Rush Hour 3 (2007).
Brett Ratner, who directed all three Rush Hour movies, is serving as an executive producer on the series, alongside Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jon Turteltaub and Arthur M. Sarkissian. There was initially talk that Brett Ratner would direct the pilot episode, but that isn't happening.
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Jon Turteltaub is best known for directing National Treasure and the sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets, but he also has a strong track record on the small screen. All three pilots he directed, Jericho, Harper's Island and Common Law lead to series orders. On the big screen, his other directorial credits include Last Vegas, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Kid.