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A Knight Rider Tale
Classic telly rights optioned

09 May 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: Variety

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Knight Rider: The Movie, anyone? Oh yes! It’s back in play. With Hollywood’s remake cow ever on the lookout for old TV shows to churn through its production stomach, it was inevitable that this title would crop back up.

After years in development and any number of different versions planned (including by former series star David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff, the rights have been picked up by The Weinstein Company from creator Glen A Larson.

For anyone too young to remember the original (there are DVDs out, people, what’s taking you so long!) the show featured The Hoff as Michael Long, a cop shot down in the line of duty. He’s cared for by millionaire Michael Knight, who gives him a completely new face and renames the bloke after himself. The newly revitalised Michael Knight is partnered up with a cynical, talking turbo-powered bullet-proof car called KITT. Together this unlikely pair solves crimes and offers The Hoff many, many chances to chat up pretty ladies and show his disturbing chest hair.

Hasselhoff mostly tends to make memorable cameos these days – he cropped up in Dodgeball and was hilarious spoofing himself in SpongeBob SquarePants. Following this summer’s Adam Sandler movie Click, surely there’s wisdom in getting him involved with Knight Rider. Even if it’s just the grouchy older character who mentors our hero? Come one Weinsteins: justice for The Hoff!

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Wiiiiiiiiiiiiicked!!
It's gonna be great and you know it. It must have The Hoff in some form or another otherwise it won't be right. The car has to be almost the same too. No fancy Knight Rider 2000 rubbish please. Oh, one more thing, The Hoff did not play Michael Long, he played Michael Knight and it was Wilton Knight who looked after him NOT Michael. Who researched this story?!! More

Posted by Fishmeister at 16:25 on 12 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: It CAN be Good!
As long as it stars Ben Stiller as Michael Knight, and features appearances by Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan, they might be on to something. Good call on sion and Jackthi]there's that deserves the big screen treatment. "All Monkey-Sluts must die!!!" More

Posted by Peter A. Quinn at 08:05 on 12 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: It CAN be Good!
I hope you're wrong ]. I know that YOU yourself hope that you are wrong. And I expect if Rideruccess then a sion and Jackcan't be far behind. ("I KNOW EVERYTHING!!!!!") JEDI BOBSTER More

Posted by JediBobster at 00:49 on 12 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: It CAN be Good!
L: JediBobster _ca_ca_cae childhood memories may not be destroyed or corrupted IF...IF they do this right. Imagine Knight happily married family man with a couple of kids, living in one of those ranches that he visited so many of throughout the 80s. When his family comes under attack for some reason, Michael turns to the law to help him out. Unimpressed with their progress, no doubt a head cop is in with the bad guys, Michael decides to deal with things himself. He goes t More

Posted by Neth at 12:40 on 11 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: It CAN be Good!
L: JediBobster _ca_ca_cae childhood memories may not be destroyed or corrupted IF...IF they do this right. Imagine Knight happily married family man with a couple of kids, living in one of those ranches that he visited so many of throughout the 80s. When his family comes under attack for some reason, Michael turns to the law to help him out. Unimpressed with their progress, no doubt a head cop is in with the bad guys, Michael decides to deal with things himself. He goes to More

Posted by clownfoot at 12:08 on 11 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: The Hoff rocks!!
Why thank you /b]. But it's only cos I know that if they make this and it's successful then we are a step close to a Automan That guy had one hell of a car too. And l forgive me if I don't join in right? Although if they do want to tap into that lucrative German Box Office then I guess it would make sense for fow a few songs about. JEDI BOBSTER More

Posted by JediBobster at 11:58 on 11 May 2006 | Report This Post

The Hoff rocks!!
"I'm looking for freedom!!!!" Come on y'all, sing it with me!!!!!! More

Posted by Starbar at 23:49 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: It CAN be Good!
L: JediBobster Imagine Knight happily married family man with a couple of kids, living in one of those ranches that he visited so many of throughout the 80s. When his family comes under attack for some reason, Michael turns to the law to help him out. Unimpressed with their progress, no doubt a head cop is in with the bad guys, Michael decides to deal with things himself. He goes to a secret abandoned place, be it a cave or warehouse or whatever, and pulls off the dusty tarps t More

Posted by Livvie at 19:23 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

This is such a bad idea
I agree with the majority on this thread. Four words for those who are ploughing ahead with this film:   Don't even go there. More

Posted by Memoirs of Maria at 19:09 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

i don't usually damn movies before shooting but this is going to be crap! it wasn't a great show to begin with its just going to be another dukes of hazzard but with less rednecks More

Posted by Nate at 15:59 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

i don't usually damn movies before shooting but this is going to be crap! it wasn't a great show to begin with its just going to be another dukes of hazzard but with less rednecks More

Posted by Nate at 15:54 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

It CAN be Good!
_ca_ca_cae childhood memories may not be destroyed or corrupted IF...IF they do this right. Imagine Knight happily married family man with a couple of kids, living in one of those ranches that he visited so many of throughout the 80s. When his family comes under attack for some reason, Michael turns to the law to help him out. Unimpressed with their progress, no doubt a head cop is in with the bad guys, Michael decides to deal with things himself. He goes to a secret abandone More

Posted by JediBobster at 15:26 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Actully........
Why, oh why do they have to turn something classic like Knight Rider into something cheap and nasty like a remake? It's just darn wrong! I enjoyed the series and I loved Kitt, but making a movie of it - probably a B-movie at that - will destroy all those nostalgic memories of watching it as a child. This is just going to be upsetting. It'll take a lot to change my mind. More

Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 13:35 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

Actully........
The millionaire's name was Wilton knight Could be good fun if they did an origin story, but no "stealth mode/cloaking devices" like that crap Black Scorpion More

Posted by mrfluffy at 10:41 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

Emperor's New Clothes
Considering the original TV show was, well, rather poo, how bad can the big-screen version be? 70s and 80s cinema may often mature like wine, but most telly from the same era has frankly turned to vinegar. C'mon people, stop romanticising pap just because we watched it when we were kids! More

Posted by dunner05 at 10:23 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

This sucks
I thought the original TV series sucked so I can't imagine the movie being an improvement. I could never work out why they didn't leave the car in "Super pursuit mode" all the time if it was so good. The same with Blue Thunder - why not keep it on silent (or was it whisper) mode all the time? More

Posted by marlo at 10:15 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

Rape and Pillage of a Childhood.
Yet another of my childhood memories is to be mangled into 2 hours of bland tedium. I think I'd rather gouge out my eyes, dip them in hot toffee and feed them to my dog than put myself up to be disturbed by this "reimaging"..... Unless Garth and K.A.R.R. are the bad guys of course. More

Posted by chadbeserk at 09:51 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post

Re-makes ahoy
Snooze..... More

Posted by Wrath at 09:44 on 09 May 2006 | Report This Post


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