May 9, 2006

“Knight Rider” revs up for feature film

By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The talking car K.I.T.T. is
heading to the big screen in an adaptation of the hit 1980s TV
series "Knight Rider."

Series creator Glen A. Larson will write and executive
produce the Weinstein Co. project, which he anticipates will
begin production next year. The project had previously been in
development at Sony-based Revolution Studios.

Larson has bandied about the project for years. "A number
of people wanted to do a pure comedic send-up of it, but I
always felt that would throw away the franchise," he said.
"There was always some humor on the show, but this film will
probably have more gallows, foxhole humor.

Despite the darker tone, he said he would aim for a PG-13
rating because he doesn't want to exclude the series' core
audience. The show ran on NBC from 1982-86.

The story centers on the tale of a police investigator shot
in the line of duty who is nursed back to health by a
mysterious millionaire. He's given a new name (Michael Knight),
a new face and a new car to help him continue his work. As in
the pilot, he also seeks revenge on the criminals who left him
for dead.

Larson wouldn't say whether David Hasselhoff, who starred
in the series, would appear in a cameo or if William Daniels
would reprise his role as the voice of K.I.T.T.

Other Larson TV series being developed as film adaptations
include "Magnum, P.I." at Imagine Entertainment and "The Fall
Guy" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter