CBS has ordered a pilot for the new TV series Rush Hour, based on the blockbuster movie franchise starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. CBS issued a pilot commitment back in October, with the potential TV series now moving forward to produce the pilot episode. Bill Lawrence, who created Scrubs and Cougar Town, wrote the pilot script, which centers on an arrogant Los Angeles detective who teams up with a by-the-book Hong Kong cop after he is assigned to a case in L.A.
Bill Lawrence revealed earlier this month that the show will feature a new plot that is much different from the movie trilogy, but will feature the same kinds of characters. The actor who will take over the Lee character, originally played by Jackie Chan, will be a martial artist, but the series creator added that he may just find the right actor who doesn't have martial arts experience and teach him along the way. Bill Lawrence will executive produce Rush Hour alongside original Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and produce Arthur M. Sarkissian.
While the project is moving forward in the right direction, it's not a guaranteed lock to make it to series. CBS ordered a pilot based on the blockbuster movie franchise Beverly Hills Cop a few years back, which was considered a sure thing to receive a series order, especially since original Beverly Hills Cop franchise star Eddie Murphy starred in the pilot, and was set to have a recurring role in the series. CBS surprisingly decided against giving the project a series order though, so, just because Rush Hour is based on a hit movie series, doesn't guarantee its success on the small screen.
In related news, Rush Hour is just one of three pilots picked up by CBS, including Super Clyde from Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), and Joe Time from Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel. Super Clyde is actually a remake of a 2013 pilot that starred Rupert Grint, following a fast food worker who tries to find his true calling. Joe Time centers on a family man who is struggling with the fact that everyone around him is enjoying life more than he is.