[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e may live in a world awash with technological advance, but the idea of a talking car would still seem a rather outlandish suggestion. Fear not though, as a film version of 80s TV series Knight Rider is revved up to make the dream a reality once more.
It has been confirmed that The Weinstein Company, who own the rights to the brand, are now in the process of development, with Brad Copeland on board as scriptwriter. His notable credits include Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl, as well as an MTV version of The Inbetweeners, making him a great choice to bring to life what many had regarded as a dead duck.
The good old folks in Hollywood are nothing if not optimistic, and they reckoned that there was life in the old dog yet. Going under the tried and tested mantra that ‘bigger is better’, they are of the unshaking belief that a transfer from the small screen to the cinema will be just what the doctor ordered.
It’s the shot in the arm that connoisseurs of the legendary crime-fighting series have been crying out for. In 2008, NBC made the bold attempt of resurrecting the series, with Justin Bruening as the long-lost son of original leading character Michael Knight, who was famously played by David Hasselhoff. Things started promisingly enough with a full season commission of 22 episodes, but this soon dwindled to 17 and eventually plans for a second series were scrapped in 2009.
Even Val Kilmer providing the voice of KITT (the talking car) wasn’t enough to stop the ship from sinking, which brings us neatly to the iconic motor itself. For all Hasselhoff’s on-screen presence, the car was most definitely the star and, with filmmaking as advanced as it is today, the possibilities are as limitless as they are exciting.
So with a Knight Rider movie a strong possibility for 2015, what about ‘The Hoff’ himself? Germany’s favourite popstar has already expressed more than a passing interest in a role, but then again who could possibly resist?