John Turteltaub Will Direct the RUSH HOUR Pilot for CBS

     February 11, 2015


Last year, CBS passed on picking up the pilot for a Beverly Hills Cop TV series, and the show failed to land elsewhere. But CBS is trying the movie-franchise-to-TV thing again this year with Rush Hour. Like the Beverly Hills Cop project, Rush Hour is getting a lot of buzz, and being met with a lot of trepidation.

For now, the project is continuing to move forward, and according to Deadline, has picked up Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) to direct the pilot. That position was originally speculated to go to Brett Ratner, who directed the movies, but he will remain as the series’ executive producer, alongside Arthur Sarkissian.

rush-hour-jackie-chan-chris-tuckerThe most interesting fact here is that the last three pilots Turteltaub directed have all gone to series: Jericho, Harper’s Island (both for CBS) and Common Law (USA).

The bottom line is that CBS is good at what they do. They typically dominate the ratings. There is definitely not a correlation between “good” shows and “popular” shows, though, let’s be real. Aside from The Good Wife, CBS usually keeps things by-the-books when it comes to procedurals and comedy. It works for them.

So, there are many permutations as this to thing could ultimately go, and all are at play (awful/mediocre/good and dropped/on the bubble/popular). At this point, of course, there’s no way to know. CBS has The Good Wife, but it also has Scorpion. My guess, though, is that if it does go to series, it will be similar to Hawaii 5-0, both in it sticking to a firm procedural format, as well as it actually introducing some diversity to CBS.

Stay tuned for more pilot updates, particularly regarding casting for this pilot and others.