It was just yesterday that we shared David Hasselhoff’s dream to star in a Knight Rider movie in the style of Logan, an idea he pitched to Robert Rodriquez while posing for a selfie. I said there was no way in hell that movie was ever going to happen, but in doing so I made the movie gods angry. Now, it looks like a Knight Rider movie is taking shape after all, just not in the way Hasselhoff envisioned.
Screen Rant reports that the Weinstein Company is looking to reboot Knight Rider, and they’re hoping to secure John Cena and Kevin Hart to star. The film would be a comedy not unlike 21 Jump Street, with Cena playing Hasselfhoff’s classic role, Michael Knight, and Hart voicing his car, KITT. No one has been officially cast, but Screen Rant says this is the direction the Weinstein Company is looking to go with the reboot.
I’m surprised anyone is seriously talking about bringing back Knight Rider, not because it was a bad concept, but because it has been tried before. And I bet you don’t remember it. NBC revived Knight Rider in 2008 as a television movie that served as a “backdoor pilot” for a new series. It was a sequel series featuring Michael Knight’s son, and not a reboot, but ratings were a disaster and the series only lasted 17 episodes.
Meanwhile, for every success like 21 Jump Street, it seems like there are a dozen movies like CHiPs, Baywatch, and Starsky and Hutch trying the same formula to much less success. To be fair, Cena and Hart would be a far more bankable pair than CHiPs’ Michael Pena and Dax Shepard, but let’s not forget Baywatch had Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and Starsky and Hutch had Ben Stiller and Own Wilson at the height of their fame.
Which version of Knight Rider would you rather see, since Hollywood seems dead set on making it; Hasselhoff’s dark, Logan-y take, or a comedy starring Cena and Hart? Let us know in the comment section below!
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SOURCE: Screen Rant