The latest television property set for a feature film update looks to be the private eye show The Rockford Files. Deadline reports that Universal has set David Levien and Brian Koppelman to write a feature film adaptation of the popular NBC series that ran from 1974-80. James Garner starred on the original show as an amiable, down-and-out private eye working out of his mobile home in Malibu. As far as replacements for Garner go, Universal is developing the update as a star vehicle for Vince Vaughn. When looking for someone to play a private eye who gets by mostly on his charm, Vaughn is the correct choice.
Levien and Koppelman have experience with crime-centered pics that are heaving on the comedy, as they also scripted Rounders, Walking Tall, and were recently set to pen the third entry in the National Treasure franchise. Vaughn will next be seen in the sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch alongside Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill, and is set to reteam with Owen Wilson this summer to shoot Shawn Levy’s comedy The Internship.