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 that 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.