When I was a kid, there was nothing I wanted in the world more than a black Pontiac Firebird with a red LED swishing back and forth on the front. KITT was the ultimate car to any young boy with a TV. Now, thanks to Aquaman director James Wan and Michael Clear’s Atomic Monster production company, we may be able to dream again.
They are working with Spyglass to create a movie based on Knight Rider.
An NBC staple for four seasons, and exported all over the world, it starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Long. While working as an LA police detective undercover to break a tech smuggling case, he is shot in the face and left for dead. Terminally ill self-made billionaire Wilton Knight, a crusader for justice, gives him reconstructive surgery to give him a new face, a new name and a new job.
The show was a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of Michael Knight, a man who does not exist. He becomes the sole field agent for the Foundation for Law and Government – FLAG. His weapon of choice is the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT). A nuclear powered, practically indestructible, high-tech car controlled by a wise cracking, disapproving AI system.
The series ran from 1982-1986 and the car is still a big draw whenever it turns up at Universal Studios or on the convention circuit. It made a household name of a pre-Baywatch David Hasslehoff.
Several attempts have been made to revive it over the years, from a TV movie pilot Knight Rider 2000, through Team Knight Rider and an ill-fated 2008 reboot that was pretty awful.
Former video game writer TJ Fixman (Ratchet and Clank, Resistance: Fall of Man) is adapting the screenplay. It is said to be set in the present day and “retain the anti-establishment tone” of the original show. Wan will also produce.
Bring it on!