It’s been a while since anyone tried to do something new with Glen A Larson’s beloved 1980s classic Knight Rider, and the last time involved the smooth tones of Val Kilmer. However, the time has come, and KITT is being refuelled by a man with some experience of breathing new life into car-based franchises.
SlashFilm reports that Justin Lin, the director behind the Fast & Furious franchise’s glorious resurrection, has joined forces with NBC Universal and Machinima to brings us “a digital series reboot” of Knight Rider, that will hit screens in 2017.
Machinima CEO Chad Gustein said “Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact. Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on re-invigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans.”
There aren’t a lot of details surrounding this latest “re-invigoration,” but Lin’s on a great run of form. Fast & Furious 5 and 6 were excellent, and we were huge fans of what he did with Star Trek Beyond, even if the box-office returns were a bit disappointing.
Knight Rider originally aired between 1982 and 1986, and, as we all know, starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, the crimefighter who fights crime with the help of his artificially intelligent and nigh-on unstoppable car KITT. There have been several attempts made at rebooting the characters, with TV movies, spin-offs and reboots (we’re going to mention Val Kilmer again). Could this be the reboot/reimagining/re-invigoration that Knight Rider actually deserves?
And can we please have Will Arnett actually voicing KITT? We don’t want to cast aspersions but maybe if they hadn’t replaced Will Arnett with Val Kilmer that show might still be on the air…
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