Vince Vaughn To Star In ‘Rockford Files’ Reboot

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Universal Pictures is developing a big screen reboot of the classic James Garner television series The Rockford Files for star Vince Vaughn.

David Levien and Brian Koppelman (who penned the recently announced Runner, Runner) will script the film, with Vaughn and his sister Victoria producing through their Wild West Picture Show production company.

The Rockford Files was an Emmy Award-winning detective series about a down-on-his-luck private detective with a copper Firebird, who lived in a caravan on the Californian beach. His low-level cases were often dangerous, and sometimes he would work the case without getting paid (despite his best efforts). He was helped out by his over-protective father, his con-man friend Angel and the exasperated Detective Dennis Becker.

James Garner in The Rockford Files Vince Vaughn To Star In Rockford Files RebootThe show, created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell, ran on NBC from 1974-1980, and it featured a catchy tune by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter. What is interesting about the Rockford Files’ run on television was that it wasn’t cancelled due to poor ratings, but because of star James Garner’s poor health. However, Garner did return to the role for a series of television movies in the mid ’90s.

In 2010 Universal tried to get a reboot of the show off the ground starring Dermot Mulroney and produced by Steve Carrell and David Shore, but that effort never made it past the pilot stage. This new attempt at The Rockford Files for the big screen, has probably been helped by the recent success of 21 Jump Street, which has grossed over $120 million at the domestic box office.

Personally speaking, I feel that Vaughn’s casting is something of a mistake. Sure he has the likeable down-on-his-luck vibe that was Rockford’s stock-in-trade, but this new movie could veer too close to mockery or be too self-referential, much like 21 Jump Street and the Starsky and Hutch movie (which also starred Vaughn). Better choices would be Josh Brolin, George Clooney or even Mel Gibson (who brought Garner’s Maverick to the screen in 1994) – actors who could balance the humor with a bit of grit that might make The Rockford Files more exciting for today.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Agreed. Bad casting. I would love to see it as a TV show with Josh Holloway in the Jim Rockford role.

    • Josh is a much better choice for this, I agree.

  2. Sweet Jeebus. Let me guess another comedy-style reboot of a past crime drama … great.

    HOWEVER …

    If it is as funny as 21 Jumpstreet was, all will be forgiven.

  3. “The Rockford Files was an Emmy Award-winning detective series about a down-on-his-luck private detective with a copper Firebird, who lived in a caravan on the Californian beach. His low-level cases were often dangerous, and sometimes he would work the case without getting paid (despite his best efforts). He was helped out by his over-protective father, his con-man friend Angel and the exasperated Detective Dennis Becker.”

    Sounds like Burn Notice may have gotten its inspiration from Mr. Rockford.

    • It’s funny you mention “Burn Notice”. I know his name gets thrown aound a lot in these circles, but I think Bruce Campbell could pull off the grumpy, wisecrack-y Rockford character pretty well.

  4. Maybe. I am as sick of reboots as the next fan but this might be ok. I dont know about Vaughn but the idea may work.

  5. I think this is perfect casting. The Rockford files was never a super-serious show (and it was certainly no comedy). Vaughn is more than capable of keeping the same tone that James Garner used in the TV show.

    The casting is fine, it’s up to the producers and director to keep the same tone as the TV show. If they do that, this could be a darn good movie.

  6. Let me guess. He’ll be playing someone with a permanent look of bemusement, dropping deadpan lines every so often?

    His range is genius. But it’s a good drinking game with him. How many pounds has he put on this time?

  7. another remake mang …really it damn boogles the mind !!!!!!, you know who id rather see in the lead role … will ferell and be done with it mang

  8. So this is what we are doomed to for the foreseeable future? /slash wrists now

    PLEASE stop making movies/rebooting 70′s TV shows or just old franchises in general. For every one of these that has been successful, I could list 5 (or more) that failed miserably (3 Stooges is a prime example of that.)

    • LOL love this comment. What was the last “serious” role Vaughn took on? The photographer in The Lost World? 15 years ago when he was still thin. Yikes.

  9. We have had to endure remakes/reboots of Kojak, Charlies Angels, Bewitched, Dukes of Hazard, Starsky & Hutch, Hawaii 5-0, Battlestar Gallactica, (soon) The Lone Ranger, The Flintstones, Knight Rider, The Three Stooges, The Avengers, The Island and I am sure there are many many more that I missed. This will be just as garbage as the above listed, they just can not replace the time or the talent or the feeling of these classic shows no matter how hard they try

  10. I think Vaughn is a bad choice. The kind of funny quips Rockford comes out with would be quite irritating if delivered by Vaughn, (especially as this is the only sort of part he seems to play recently.)

  11. I think Vaughn would make an OK, but not great, Jim Rockford. My problem is that even though I was a faithful viewer of the original, I’m a little disappointed that after all these years we can’t come up with a better premise. It ran its course.

  12. Vince Vaughn is seriously the WRONG choice for this role! And why is it Hollywood is obsessed with turning every series movie conversion into some moronic parody of what it what?

  13. Jim Garner is the immediately likeable prime grain-fed hunk of US beefcake. Vince Vaughn isn’t.That’s what made him so watchable in the Doris Day movies, Victor Victoria, Rockford Files, Maverick, etc. Vaughn for all his talent, for me, there’s something about him that’s not quite right: it’s about eye contact- or lack of it, top lip to eye to ear ratio that just isn’t quite what it should be. Miscast as Rockford? Yep.

  14. I was born in 1968 and until recently had not been following the Rockford Files much now I am addicted to it is the only reason I got Hulu. Honestly the vibe that show had cannot be recreated the best you can hope to do is a tribute to the original. I am NOT a Vince Vaughn fan and I don’t know if he will work in that role.

  15. It better be vince vaughn. I am a huge Vaughn fan. He would be great in rockford.

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