Knight Rider Movie Finally Getting Made… For TV

Published 8 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:37 pm,

knight rider2 Knight Rider Movie Finally Getting Made... For TVThere have been plans to make a movie based on Knight Rider – the David Hasselhoff-starring TV series from the 80′s. He played Michael Knight, a lone crimefighter with a super-car that had artificial intelligence. For it’s time, it was cool for a while, but eventually it sank into a “rescue the babe of the week whose father is in danger” formula that was so popular back then.

The last I heard about the possibility of a movie being made based on the show was over two years ago, when Hasselhoff came out to shout down studio execs who wanted to put a version of the car (known as K.I.T.T.) in the movie that didn’t talk. To base a movie on a show where the main character interaction was between the hero and his super-cool talking car and not have the car talk did seem pretty stupid.

Now it seems that NBC wants to take a shot at a remake of the TV series by producing a two hour movie as a pilot.

Doug Limon, who directed The Bourne Identity has been tapped to produce the pilot. In a confusing statement over at Variety, which broke the story, they had this to say:

Success of ‘Transformers’ had a role in inspiring NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman’s decision to revive ‘Knight.’ The thinking is that smallscreen f/x have advanced to the point where it’d be feasible to have a weekly series in which cars shift shapes.

Um, what?

Cars shifting shapes? Hoo boy, here we go.

Another twist will involve not only K.I.T.T. being the “hero” car, but there will be other “evil” cars as well. So instead of a unique, one of a kind vehicle, kind of like Batman having the Batmobile while everyone else just has a regular car, we’re going to have multiple vehicles with articial intelligence and built-in personalities.

Plus, if this gets picked up, look for it to be essentially an hour long car commercial (probably for GM). So I guess that’s where the multiple super-car angle comes in. I guess that gets around those pesky Tivo viewers who skip commercials.

I think Doug Liman is good, but I also think this is starting off sounding pretty shaky with a lot of extra gimmicks that will overshadow a real story. Hmmm… much like Transformers – yet another similarity. icon smile Knight Rider Movie Finally Getting Made... For TV

Source: Variety

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  1. Back in Knight Rider, KITT did have an evil twin called KARR, which got upgraded into a menacing black 18 wheeler.

    The era of remakes will be what the mid 2000′s will be remembered for!!

  2. OMG!! What “Superman Lives” would’ve done for Superman is what this will do for Knight Rider:turn everything into crap!!

    I agree with what you said that the 2000′s will be remembered for,Bruce.

  3. Oh yeah and remember it was driven by Michael Knight’s evil half brother who was really The Hass with a glue on goatee? Man, that was some solid special f/x.

  4. LOL! Yeah, I *do* remember that now!! :-D


  5. I love the photoshopped Koenigsegg. If there was to be a supercar being in a movie, thats the car to have.

  6. Thanks, I’m a rank amateur at photo manip but I do what I can. :-)


  7. Perhaps a talking car was considered passe because many of us have talking cars by way of GPS devices.

  8. Heh. Like that commercial where the guy thinks he’s falling in love with the GPS device. :-)


  9. “Oh yeah and remember it was driven by Michael Knight’s evil half brother who was really The “Hoff” with a glue on goatee? Man, that was some solid special f/x.”

    Evil version distinguished by a goatee? Jeez, they must have been on some kind of whacked out Star…Trek or something to come up with that :S