The director of one blockbuster action-adventure feature franchise, National Treasure, is set to direct the TV adaptation of another, Rush Hour. National Treasure helmer Jon Turteltaub has signed on to direct and executive produce the hourlong CBS pilot Rush Hour, based on New Line’s buddy movies.
Written by Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence and the series’ executive producer/showrunner Blake McCormick, Rush Hour centers on a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (played in the features by Jackie Chan) assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer (originally played by Chris Tucker) who has no interest in a partner. The movies’ director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian also executive produce. There was talk about Ratner potentially directing the pilot but that didn’t happen. Warner Bros TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer are producing.
The last three pilots Turteltaub directed have all gone to series, which he executive produced, Jericho and Harper’s Island on CBS and Common Law on USA. In features, he most recently helmed hit comedy Last Vegas.