Hum the theme tune. Go ahead. I’ll wait. It’s cool.
The 1980s weren’t exactly the golden age of sci-fi TV, but Knight Rider was one of those things that was just irresistibly cool. You had a cool ass car with KITT, one that talks for cryin’ out loud, you had a hero in a leather jacket with a shady past (David Hasselhoff in the role that made him…screw Baywatch), you had a synth-y theme tune that you were certain was what the music of the future would sound like, and did I mention the cool ass talking car?
It’s remarkable that none of the attempts to make a Knight Rider reboot over the years has come to pass. But there’s plenty of interest in the property.
Original Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff (currently enjoying another revival of awesome thanks to his appearance in this utterly bonkers Guardians of the Galaxy music video) told CinemaBlend that he wants to do a Logan-style, R-rated Knight Rider that completes Michael Knight’s original story. Hasselhoff approached none other than Robert Rodrigues to direct.
Here’s what Hasselhoff told CinemaBlend:
“I said ‘You need to do Knight Rider.’ Because he was doing a marathon of Knight Riders and he said ‘Can we have a selfie!?’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t want a selfie! I want to do the movie! I want to shoot the TV series! I want to bring it back and make it dark! Michael Knight comes back and he’s pissed.’ … I hope it happens, and if it does, it’ll be kind of like Logan. It will be dark. Hasselhoff as Michael Knight in 2017. Knight Rider. The saga continues.”
The Hasselhoff/Rodriguez one seems to be all talk, but then ScreenRant has another, as yet unverified report that The Weinstein Company has their own plans for 21 Jump Street style Knight Rider action comedy on the big screen, this one pairing John Cena as Michael Knight with Kevin Hart as the voice of KITT.
Last year, Machinima, who have brought us some really cool live action takes on Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter (as well as Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome) announced a digital Knight Rider reboot, with Justin Lin producing. Yes, the same Justin Lin who has directed no fewer than four Fast & Furious movies, so he knows something about automobile based action. For whatever reason, it never happened, and it’s not clear if it’s still in development.
With any luck, we’ll all be humming that music together soon enough…
Here’s that theme tune again…