A new Michael Knight for “Knight Rider” movie
Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick…and that’s your fifteen minutes up, Dave.
He may have had a semi-comeback last year (thanks to the magic of email and, briefly, Adam Sandler, who gave the fluffy-chested idol a role in his upcoming “Click”), but David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff isn’t having quite a good as year this year. Not only is Hoff being left out of the “Baywatch” movie, but TheWeinsteinCompany has announced plans to bring “Knight Rider” to the big screen – and without the original Michael Knight behind the wheel.
Originally, when the project was set up at Revolution (the folks who bought us such gems as “XXX 2 : The Next Level”), Hasselhoff was involved. Just recently the TV icon said the project was looking good to go, and that he would indeed be back in the film – possibly co-starring alongside a younger, more bankable, actor that would play his on-screen son (Paul Walker was one chap that was mentioned as a possible Knight Jr) – but that’s no longer the case.
The new “Knight Rider” film will essentially be a restart to the whole franchise, with a new gun being locked-and-loaded into the tight leather daks of Michael Knight. The rights were purchased from Glen A. Larson (“Knight Rider,” “Magnum P.I.” “Fall Guy,” “Battlestar Galactica”), the original creator of the television show, and he will write the script and executive produce the project through his production company Glen A. Larson Productions. David Price brought the project to The Weinstein Company’s attention and will co-produce it.
Based on the 1980’s hit television series, the film is a revenge story about a police investigator who is shot on the job and left to die. Nursed back to health by a mysterious millionaire, he regains consciousness a new man with a new face and a new name: Michael Knight. His mysterious benefactor provides Michael with equipment and support so that he can continue his crime fighting work and ultimately get revenge on the people who left him to die.
Harvey Weinstein stated, “I am a huge fan of the original series and could not be happier that we’ve joined forces with Glen Larson to bring these iconic characters to the big screen.”
Larson stated, “Teaming up with Harvey and Bob, with their unparalleled success in motion picture, gives Knight Rider an exciting opportunity to be a breakout franchise.”