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26 June 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: LA Times

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We’ve been threatened promised a cinematic take on cult ‘80s telly drama Knight Rider for years now. Original star David Hasselhoff has been talking about it for a decade and there was more chatter back in 2006 when The Weinstein Company bought the rights. But since 2008’s short-lived TV reboot, we’ve heard little. That changed today when a source whispered to the LA Times that Brad Copeland is writing a new draft of the script.

Knight Rider, of course, saw the Hoff hassling criminals with the help of the Knight Industries Two Thousand, or K.I.T.T, a powerful Pontiac Trans Am with a sarcastic central intelligence (voiced by William Daniels) and all manner of special features including Turbo Boost and bulletproof armour.

TWC wants the film version to be a souped-up, high-octane affair with bigger stunts and even more gadgets than the original show could achieve given the budget and technical limitations of the time; whether anyone can outdo Hasselhoff’s perm is another matter entirely. But given the current success of the Fast & Furious franchise, the appeal of a movie set around a high-tech car must be huge.

Copeland’s a leftfield choice: he’s a veteran of classic US sitcom NewsRadio, was part of the Arrested Development writing staff and worked on the US version of The Inbetweeners. But cinematically, his scripts have brought us misfiring John Travolta / Tim Allen comedy Wild Hogs and the memorably bad Yogi Bear, neither of which convince us he’s the man to write an all-action update of Knight Rider. Still, given the history of the attempt to date, we could go through many years, lots more writers and several directors before it ever hits the screen, and the Hoff’s cameo is reduced to a skull with a big perm in a museum scene. Oh, who are we kidding? The Hoff is immortal.

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This can work
This could be cool it was a good tv show but as long as there's a good writer and lead actor and please please hope they come up with a new idea and not just copy past films More

Posted by chrisharvey1551 at 01:00 on 30 June 2013 | Report This Post

like F&F franchise
What's up with Knight Rider? Well, lets put it like the F&F franchise? like F&F 2 Tokyo Drift. More

Posted by RudyWars at 02:16 on 27 June 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Keep The Theme Tune!
I think this could work. They'll need a good story - although I imagine it'll be an origin story if it's a reboot - but I think the key to this is to keep the McGuffin under control. If they do this, I think they'll be'd better off with using as much practical fx as they can, and keeping the CGI to a minimum. The short lived 2008 TV series suffered from many things, but one of the key things in my mind was that it went too far with the technology on the car. A case in point: The 2008 More

Posted by Schimchs at 17:07 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

Keep The Theme Tune!
stu phillips's tune must be retained, as always with the best tv to movie flicks. More

Posted by spark1 at 14:22 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

Should have the Hoff cameo in the Devon Miles role...simples! More

Posted by $anju at 09:44 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

Well this sounds like a terrible idea!!
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Posted by darthmhall101 at 09:12 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

No Hoff, no Knight Rider. More

Posted by Lord Fury at 09:07 on 26 June 2013 | Report This Post

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