Remember Rush Hour 4? Yeah, it was once an unnecessary sequel that was talked about in some circles. However, plans for that fell through in the wake of the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against director Brett Ratner. But even that isn’t stopping the filmmaker from going around and shopping the sequel to others. There are reports saying Ratner is going around town saying he will return to direct Rush Hour 4. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. says there are no plans for that. More on the story below.
The fallout of the sexual harassment allegations continues. As more and more of the Hollywood elite continue to be outed, projects have either hit a standstill or are moving on without the accused. Some people are even being replaced. The fallout is now making its way to production companies. Case in point, Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot is reportedly holding out on signing on to return for a sequel unless the production company led by Brett Ratner won’t be involved in the film.
The dominoes continue to fall in the Hollywood industry, as more and more victims are coming out to reveal sexual assault allegations towards producers like Harvey Weinstein, directors like James Toback, and actors like Kevin Spacey. If anything, victims will not put up with the threats of being blacklisted or shamed anymore, nor should they. And this won’t be stopping anytime soon. In fact, you can expect to hear more stories.
The latest one comes from six women, Olivia Munn and Natasha Henstridge among them, who are now accusing Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand) of sexual assault. As a result, Playboy Enterprises will be putting a halt on the production of the Hugh Hefner biopic, which would have starred Jared Leto in the title role. More on the story below.
CBS has plans to bring two films to the small screen with TV adaptations for Limitless, the 2011 thriller starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, and Abbie Cornish, and Rush Hour, the 1998 buddy cop actioner starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, according to The Wrap, which added that the network also recently ordered pilots for several other original series.
The Limitless TV drama will be a sequel to the film, which starred Cooper as Eddie, a struggling writer whose memory and intelligence is expanded after he takes a mysterious pill. With his enhanced brain power, Eddie goes right for personal gain, like finishing his book, winning his girlfriend back, and getting rich quick, but in the TV show, the character will reportedly use his abilities to help the FBI solve crimes. The project will be executive produced by Cooper, his Limitless director Neil Berger, and his Hangover director Todd Phillips, as well as produced by Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley.
Taking popular movies from the past and reworking them as potential TV shows of the future is all the rage right now. A TV version of Beverly Hills Cop was in the works for a while but never played out. A show based on the ’80s movie Real Genius and the ’90s movie Problem Child were just recently announced. And who can forget the sports drama Necessary Roughness, which is based of course on the classic football comedy of the same name (wait, that can’t be right…).
Now comes word of a pair of new TV shows being developed that are based on hit movies. The first is based on the Tom Hanks classic Big, while the other will be based on the buddy cop movie Rush Hour, which starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.