CBS Pilot Orders Include RUSH HOUR Adaptation From Brett Ratner and SCRUBS Creator Bill Lawrence

     January 27, 2015


CBS has ordered a series pilot for an hourlong action comedy adaptation of the blockbuster movie franchise Rush Hour. We first heard about the possible TV adaptation back in September, and now per Deadline CBS has officially committed to a pilot order for the script from TV vet Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) and Bret Rattner, who directed New Line Cinema films.  The series will hem close to the original film, focusing on a by-the-book Hong Kong policeman (played by Jackie Chan in the films) who is assigned a case in LA where he must team up with a cocky, loud-mouthed LAPD officer (originated by Chris Tucker) who has issues working with a partner.  Let the comedy ensue.

rush-hour-chris-tucker-jackie-chanDespite the fact that Beverly Hills Cop adaptation failed to launch last year, Rush Hour is among the first of what will soon be a barrage of Film-to-TV adaptations.  12 Monkeys is currently airing on Syfy, Hitch, Minority Report, and Big are all lined up for Fox, and there are countless other reboots in the pipeline for various networks.

CBS also ordered two original comedy pilots. From Greg Garcia, creator of The Millers, Super Clyde is a single-camera, high-concept comedy about a meek and unassuming fast food worker who finds his calling.  Garcia first pitched the pilot back in 2013 alongside The Millers and received a pilot order for each before CBS opted to go with the safer multi-cam comedy. The original Super Clyde pilot stared Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry, and was release online at Garcia’s request.  Since CBS abruptly pulled the plug on The Millers in the middle of its second season Garcia now has a chance to return to Super Clyde.  No word on whether or not the original cast will return. Finally, CBS also greenlit the comedy Joe Time from Modern Family alum, Executive Producer Bill Wrubel.  The series will focus on a man named Joe who struggles with he fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.