Jon Foo cast in Jackie Chan role in CBS’ TV adaptation of Rush Hour franchise

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The 1998 Rush Hour movie helped make Hong Kong film star and martial arts wiz Jackie Chan a household name in America, jumpstarting a successful Hollywood career. Now CBS’ TV adaptation of the hit movie franchise is looking to do the same for Jon Foo, who has landed the Detective Lee role played in the movies by Chan.

Written/executive produced by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick and directed/exec produced by Jon Turteltaub, CBS’ Rush Hour pilot centers on Lee (Foo), a stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky black LAPD officer, Carter (originally played by Chris Tucker), who has no interest in a partner. A top detective with the Hong Kong police department, Detective Lee is a dedicated professional and master martial artist, a man of few words who knows how to get the job done.

The movies’ director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian also executive produce with Jeff Ingold for Warner Bros TV and Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer. Ratner directed three Rush Hour films between 1998 and 2007 with Chan headlining opposite Chris Tucker in all three. Combined, the three films grossed more than $850 at the worldwide box office.

Like Chan, British actor Foo, who is of Chinese and Irish descent, is a trained martial artist who has done stunt work and built a resume as an international action star. In the U.S., he is probably best known for his role in the 2010 feature Tekken.

Foo is trained in a variety of martial arts styles and is also well known for playing Ryu in the fan film Street Fighter: Legacy.



Brett Ratner to produce Madame Butterfly update set during 2011 tsunami


Brett Ratner has teamed up with Poland’s Alvernia Studios to produce Magnitude 9Agnieszka Vosloo’s updated version of Madame Butterfly.

Ratner will produce the tragic love story set against the 2011 tsunami in Japan as an ambitious US Navy officer encounters a mysterious local girl as he prepares to return home to his fiancée in Washington.

Production is scheduled for 2014 in Japan and the producers are out to cast. RatPac Entertainment’s John Cheng and Kasia Nabialczyk and Alvernia Studios’ Anna Rozalska will oversee the project.

Magnitude 9 is one of the more powerful scripts I’ve read in a long time,” said Ratner, currently directing and producing Hercules in Hungary for MGM and Paramount.

It combines a great love story around a natural disaster and beautifully tells the story of the incredible lengths people will go through for love.

The project marks Vosloo’s follow-up to her 2010 debut After.Life. which opened through Anchor Bay Films in 2010 and starred Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci.

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Brett Ratner to produce Madame Butterfly update set during 2011 tsunami

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