CBS Lands ‘Rush Hour’ Television Series

CBS is eyeing a Rush Hour television series for the 2015-2016 season.

The network has handed a pilot production commitment to the action comedy project from Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick, which was taken out to the networks earlier this week, TVWise has learned.

The series is sticking to the plotline of the original feature film and, as such, will follow 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 black LAPD officer, who has no interest in a partner.

The original 1998 feature film starred Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker and was a big success, resulting in two sequels. Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick are set to pen the series adaptation, which is being produced by Lawrence’s production company Doozer and Warner Bros. Television. The executive producers are Lawrence, McCormick, Brett Ratner, Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold.

Rush Hour is the latest high profile project based on a major feature film to sell this development season, with Fox having previously handed a put pilot commitment to a Minority Report series from Max Borenstein and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. It is also the latest big buy for CBS, who recently landed a hot pitch for a Supergirl series, also from Warner Bros Television.