'Rush Hour' TV Remake Lands at CBS

'Cougar Town's' Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick will pen the script for the hourlong action comedy
"Rush Hour"  Courtesy of Everett Collection

CBS has booked Rush Hour.

The network has handed out a pilot-production commitment to the hourlong action comedy adaptation of the blockbuster movie franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From Cougar Town's Bill Lawrence, the TV remake is in similar tone to the New Line Cinema films and follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in L.A., where he's forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer who has no interest in a partner. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker originated the roles in the three-film series.

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Lawrence and Cougar Town alum Blake McCormick will co-write and executive proeuce the project, which hails from Warner Bros. Television, where the former's Doozer Productions is under an overall deal. The trilogy's Brett Ratner (who directed) and Arthur Sarkissian (who produced) are also on board to exec produce alongside Lawrence, McCormick and Doozer's Jeff Ingold.

Combined, the three New Line features have grossed nearly $850 million worldwide, with Chan saying in August that he was waiting for the right script to do a fourth movie in the franchise. (New Line is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Television.)

For Lawrence, Rush Hour marks the third pilot-production commitment this development season. The prolific producer also has a comedy from Justin Halpern, Tommy Johnagin and Patrick Schumacker in the works at CBS as well as multicamera The Meatball Project written by Jeff Astrof. Beyond the two sales, Scrubs alum Lawrence also has the second season of NBC's summer comedy Undateable and sophomore run of TBS comedy Ground Floor on his plate.

The Rush Hour take comes as big-screen adaptations remain hot this development season. Fox is adapting Tom Hanks' Big with the producers behind Enlisted and has drama Minority Report in the works; while NBC is readying Problem Child and Real Genius. Rush Hour is also the second high-profile project to land at CBS, joining DC Comics adaptation Supergirl. The latter received a hefty series commitment.

Lawrence is repped by ICM Partners, Shapiro/West & Associates and Morris Yorn.

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