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Exclusive: David Hasselhoff talks big-screen Kitt remake

14 July 2004  |  Written by   

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Among the assortment of C-lebs who attended the Spider-Man 2 premiere on Monday – the Rachel Stevens, Lady Isabella Herveys and Busteds of this world – one man strode among them like a giant. Only one man in that room brought his bouffant perm to global attention in not one, but two, seminal TV roles. Only one man has a massive singing career in Germany. And only one man had just made a Sky Plus advert with Mike Reid.

That man, of course, was David Hasselhoff. The man – nay, God – who was the Knight Rider. The man who gave the world Baywatch (the world, to this day, has never fully repaid the debt). He deigned to give Empire some of his precious time, so naturally we asked him about the long-awaited Knight Rider: The Movie which, last we heard, was stuck in heavy gridlock somewhere outside Luton.

"Right now we're still working on a script," he told us. "The first couple of scripts came in and just weren't what we wanted. We want to get it right because there's a lot of people waiting for Knight Rider."

Indeed. But the burning question is: will he be back as Michael Knight, the guy with the coolest car in all of Christendom? " I'm definitely going to get back behind the wheel but we're also bringing in a young kid, probably to play my son." And what of the car, O Lord Hassel of Hoff? He smiled, cryptically. "New car and the same car."

Oooooh. So that's good news. But Hasselhoff – who's in London to play the role of Billy Flynn in the West End production of Chicago – had another possibility for us, this time one guaranteed to send shivers up our spine. And not in a good way, either.

There was a time, you know, when not all Marvel movies were good. For example, Hasselhoff's stab at Nick Fury – the cigar-chewing, eyepatch-wearing head of Marvel's kick-ass military team, SHIELD – a few years back in a rather lousy Fox TV movie still has comic book geeks jolting awake at night, covering their Futurama sheets in sweat. And he could be coming back.

"We've been talking about bringing Nick Fury back for a long time," he warned. "There was some talk at one time of Nick Fury getting involved with the X-Men because he used to keep Wolverine in line in the comic books."

Well yes, he did to an extent (he did lots of other cool stuff too), but relax, folks. We're pretty sure that Fury won't be teaming up with Bryan Singer's mutants anytime soon, and thankfully Hasselhoff's next big-screen appearance – apart from a cameo in the sublime Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story – could be back where he belongs – behind the wheel of KITT.

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