KNIGHT RIDER Movie Gears Up with Brad Copeland Penning the Script

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Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist.  Though a movie version of the 1980s TV show does not yet exist, the hiring of screenwriter Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs) certainly puts the project on the road.  The Weinstein Company owns the feature rights to the property and is aiming for a more high-octane, action-oriented adaptation; a departure from their awards-oriented fare.  And, of course, David Hasselhoff, star of the original series, wants to get involved with the new version in one way or another.  No word on whether Mr. Feeny (William Daniels) will return to voice the role of K.I.T.T., the extremely advanced and indestructible vehicle that was featured in the 80s original.  Hit the jump for more.

The LA Times reports knight-rider-david-hasselhoffthat Copeland will join the Knight Rider feature adaptation in order to get the picture rolling.  Though Knight Rider was previously adapted for another TV series run in 2008, the time might be ripe for a movie version.  The story centers on Michael Knight, a police detective reborn into a modern high-tech crime fighter by billionaire Wilton Knight.  Michael becomes an agent of Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG), along with his vehicular partner, K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand).  The car was originally a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am and then was reimagined as a Ford Shelby GT500KR for the reboot.  No telling what Copeland will come up with for the feature (or which company will get in on the ground floor of product placement).  In a movie world where Fast and the Furious owns the streets and Need for Speed is attempting to muscle in, perhaps there’s room for Knight Rider as well.

Copeland has also been attached to a feature adaptation of Gilligan’s Island for Warner Bros.  His directorial debut, the R-rated indie comedy Coffee Town, will appear in limited release and On Demand starting July 9th.




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  • sense11

    Just let it go

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  • AssKegels

    Is it seriously impossible to come up with an ORIGINAL idea? EVER??? I despise the fact that rather than come up with unique stories/original ideas we pilfer from foreign films that simply don’t need to be remade or rehash old movies/tv shows. I don’t get it.

    • LEM

      It all stems from fear. The people who put up the money want a return on an investment and the execs at the studio want to keep that job so using highly recognizable properties and giving them a PG-13 rating almost guarantees a return. Expectations are so low that mediocre movies are celebrated and creativity is at an all time low in Hollywood and we give them no reason to change.

  • nom79

    Intellectual properties will need a new term soon. Not a smart idea at all. They tried to remake the show and we all know how long that lasted. What makes these studios green light these recycled projects?…….wish I knew. smh.

  • Alan Burnett

    People need to stop hatin. This was my favourite show as a kid. HATERZ!

    • LEM

      Do you really think a movie is going to expand upon your enjoyment or just end in disappointment?

  • Joe

    How about Airwolf? Blue Thunder? Street Hawk? Automan?

    • LEM

      I’m sure they’ve all been pitched by uncreative execs who know those shows.

    • Elephant

      1. Airwolf
      2. Automan
      3. Street Hawk
      4. Blue Thunder

      I liked ‘em all. Then again, I was 8. And the theme music alone was better then entire seasons of CBS crap these days.

    • Littertray

      Blue Thunder was a good film before they slaughtered it as a TV show.

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