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KNIGHT RIDER Movie Update!! Political Intrigue!! Supercars!! The Hoff Becomes The Hatch!! And A Song!!

Published at: Sept. 21, 2006, 8:13 p.m. CST


Merrick here...
A few weeks ago, we ran an article about the seemingly-in-endless-development KNIGHT RIDER feature project. The piece asked whether (THIS IMAGE) represented the vehicle that would portray K.I.T.T. in the new film – and discussed recent rumors that David Hasselhoff had asked Orlando Bloom to play his son in the movie…an offer that was allegedly declined. You can read the original article HERE. Since then, we’ve been contacted by two different sources regarding the development of the KNIGHT RIDER movie, who shed more light on the subject of Bloom, K.I.T.T. cars, The Hoff, and so forth. Firstly, the image linked above…as many have conjectured…is NOT a potential K.I.T.T. car. This according to =VK=, who has more to say below. The vehicle we’re talking about is a Koenigsegg CCX, as many e-mailers and Talkbackers have correctly pointed out (thanks for that, by the way). Strangely enough, many respondents implied the picture must be “fake” because it was photo shopped from an existing vehicle image. It’s very important to remember: K.I.T.T., by nature of its concept and character, is augmented from an existing vehicle. Thus, any “real” preliminary designs we see…that would be “developmental” in nature (as the Koenigsegg was presented)…may well be built around existing, high quality imagery of said car. This would be logical, and natural. It just happens that, in this case, K.I.T.T. is not a Koenigsegg CCX. With that cleared up, here’s a bit more information about what has been reported so far, and hints as to where the project might be going. First up? =VK=
The leaked car image is 100% fake -- like the other images plastered all over imdb's Knight Rider message boards. People are on the right track, but they're living too much in the past, and thinking too far into the future. The Knight Rider movie is indeed moving forward, but the script is still being worked on. The script will not involve Hasselhoff & will lean towards remaking the pilot episode, "Knight of the Phoenix", with a modernized take. In Hollywood, everyone wants to turn a movie into a franchise or trilogy: relaunching the concept as a franchise for a new generation has been insisted upon. Same characters, same concept of a talking/advanced car, different development. As far as the Hasselhoff rumors go, this isn't the first time that he has tried to launch interest in the movie behind Glen's back. Hassellhoff made Knight Rider 2000 with Universal without Glen's involvement and we all know how well that went over right? I would tend to believe hasselhoff did approach Orlando Bloom in Los Angeles about the possibility of playing his son; in the past he’d mentioned that a script was commissioned which involved Michael passing the torch to someone else. This was when the rights were with Revolution Studios. [READ MORE HERE] Currently, if you read the announcement between Glen and the Weinstien Co., you will see the trend of David being left out as the movie negotiations continues. [READ MORE HERE] There is no legal obligation stating that Hassellhoff needs to be involved with the movie. If you’re aware of the delicate relationship between David and Glen, you'll see why Glen isn't all that thrilled to invite David back. Listen to the audio commentary on the Knight Rider Season 1 DVD set & you'll be able to hear exactly what I'm talking about. (David goes on and on like a parrot how Glen needs to make the movie and so on.) Lastly I will give you one tidbit to savor: one of the concept cars proposed for the new KITT was based on the (then) 2006 concept Camaro, but it appeared nothing like any of the fan-boy manipulations you have seen thus far.

The Camaro thing is interesting. Wonder how that thinking will be impacted by TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE, in which Bumblebee is a Camaro? Although, personally, I think it’s a great looking car and can totally imagine it with a Cylon eye. I’m told that one reason the movie K.I.T.T. will NOT appear as an older-styled Trans Am (as in the series) is because Pontiac would demand gigantic royalties to use that make and style of car. A similar (although not exact) situation resulted in Bumblebee the Autobot being changed from the traditional VW Bug to a Camaro in the TRANSFORMERS movie. Patterns… Next we have the spunky and lovely Dr. Cindi Blackraven (and, really, who wouldn’t want a spunky and lovely doctor with a name like that?), who helped to clear up the Orlando Bloom confusion a bit.
Orlando is a fan of The Hoff. At some awards show, Orlando approached The Hoff and paid tribute. Orlando said he loved KNIGHT RIDER and asked Hoff what he was working on. KNIGHT RIDER movie discussion ensued, resulting in chatter about a possible role for Orlando in the movie. Hoff’s people called Bloom’s people a bit later, in an effort to get Bloom on-board. Bloom confirmed he was a fan, but passed on the role. These events predate The Weinstein Company’s involvement. The film is set up The Weinstein Company. At one point, The Hoff was close to buying the rights away from Glen Larson. The Weinstein Company swooped in and bagged the rights for less than The Hoff was willing to pay. They secured the rights from Larson by promising him inital involvement in the project's development (the first few drafts of script example).

So, The Hoff...basicallly...is out there trying to remain involved with a project in which he is deeply invested and keenly interested -- but has no legal claim to. Anyone remember Richard Hatch trying to re-launch GALACTICA before the current Ron Moore/David Eick iteration? This situation sounds VERY similar in nature. Funny that Glen Larson projects engender such dedication and passion. If only folks would get so pumped up about AUTOMAN or MANIMAL...what a wonderful world it could be!

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  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I hate to see the Hoff...

    by Childe Roland

    ...acting so desperate, as if his German album sales aren't keeping him in open-to-the-navel-necked silk shirts and tighht leather pants. Have some self respect, man! If they don't want you in their talking car movie, don't beg. Go bang a Baywatch chick instead.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    First!

    by JediShaft

    1

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    And "suck it" to the inevitible flood...

    by Childe Roland

    ...of would be "First!"ies who will drown in my wake.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    We need a Knight Boat movie!!!!

    by Nice Marmot

    There's always an inlet. Or a fjord.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:37 p.m. CST

    i re-watched the pilot a couple of weeks ago

    by slder78

    it kinda still holds up. But this franchise has enough big egos in it to go nuclear. The Hoff, Larson, the Weinsteins, K.I.T.T. I'll be amazed if this actually gets a greenlight.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    For I am the Knight...

    by Childe Roland

    ...Boat.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Children, let's point fingers at Jedi Shaft and laugh.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    AHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    The Hoff is reminding me of Shatner...

    by BigTuna

    He exists to only be laughed at.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

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    by darrenmed

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  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Bumblebee is not a VW not because of royalties but...

    by Squashua

    ...because VW is notorious for not releasing their designs and models for the purposes of promoting "war toys" due to their inglorious past and origins. They do not want to promote that image and therefore VW has no longer allowed Hasbro/Takara/Transformers to use VW designs for their cars. This is why we've never seen an "Alternators / Binaltech" edition of Bumblebee as a VW Bug, though one was certainly in the design stages. The same goes for Autobot Jazz. Jazz will never be portrayed as a Porsche in the future for identical reasons. Please get your sources correct; it has nothing to do with royalties.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    William Daniels is 79.

    by Christopher3

    Better get a move on.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Hoff has a beer and cheets on his wife!

    by brycemonkey

    With KITT!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Interestijng observation, BigTuna...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but I think the Shat has sort of embraced his buffoonery. He seems to laugh at himself as much as we laugh at him (or, at least, knowingly sets himself up to be laughed at and takes it in stride). I think the Hoff may still take himself somewhat seriously. Although I've heard his cameos in recent films indicate he's growing a sense of humor about himself, which would be cool.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST

    This just goes to prove my theory:

    by Det. John Kimble

    Germans love David Hasselhoff. Meanwhile "I've been looking for a gun" to shoot myself in the face after watching that fucking video.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

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  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    There should be a movie, but...

    by Rakafraker

    Hoff should definately be ousted. The pilot was a great launching pad for the series. Too bad it turned into a shit-show later on. I hope that the producers find a decent car (Corvette, maybe?) to be KITT. I think it should have the same basic look as the old T/A. I pray that they don't use someting cheesy like a Solistice (that was a jab, Mr. Bay. Won't happen anyways from the sounds of it. Pontiac, you've shot yourself in the foot.), or a Toyota Yaris or something creepy like that.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Oh great. And everybody will blame us Germans again.

    by DerLanghaarige

    So don't even think about it.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Slightly Off Topic, but still about an 80's TV Show

    by DerLanghaarige

    Did you know that Dirk Benedict (a.k.a. the real Starbuck and A-Team's "Face") starred in a German movie last year? And he was good!<br> http://www.goldenezeiten-derfilm.de

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I WON'T SEE IT UNLESS HOFF IS IN IT.

    by gregsolo

    Period.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST

    The Hoff is so shit, he's good

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Thats all i have to say on the matter

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I'm a nerd about a great many things, but...

    by beastie

    I know nothing of Battlestar Galactica. Just not my thing. Who's Richard Hatch? Isn't he the guy who won Survivor and now he's in jail because of tax-evasion?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Orlando would never do this

    by XoanonTORN

    First, playing second fiddle to talking car? Second..Hoff passing the torch to Bloom? A step down from Pirates and LOTR doncha think? <p> Michael Regina<br> Editor in Chief/Segment Producer<br> PH: 514.947.5221<br> <A HREF="http://www.TheOneRing.net" TARGET=NEW>TheOneRing.net<br> <A HREF="http://www.KongisKing.net" TARGET=NEW>KongisKing.net<br> <A HREF="http://www.TheOneLion.net" TARGET=NEW>TheOneLion.net<br> <A HREF="http://whatisthedavincicode.blogspot.com" TARGET=NEW>whatisthedavincicode.blogspot.com</a>

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Incredible!

    by uberman

    But wheres the six million dollar man? The Bionic Woman? The A Team? Gilligans Island? The Love Boat? Dallas? Threes Company? The Cosby Show? Family Ties? Mr. Belvidere? Punky Brewster? Full House? These incredible shows are every bit as whitty, funny, deep and entertaining as the Knight Rider movie. I think we need to make sure that every TV show every made and distributed in America be developed into a feature film. The fact that theres new shows on all the time only gaurentees that the kids watching Hanna Montana today will DEMAND! the movie in 20 years.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider 2010

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    Hopefully if this movie gets made, it'll bring about a DVD of Knight Rider 2010. The direct to TV "Action Pack" masterpiece that had little or nothing to do with the show and was Knight Rider INO. That movie is B-status GOLD. Also I never caught the Team Knight rider show, but a buddy of mine won't shut up about it. Anyone else familiar?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST

    movie game -- up to 48 of 50

    by darrenmed

    keep those questions coming...you all are doing well.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Did KITT get destroyed after every turbo jump?

    by photoboy

    Watching that Hoff music video you could see KITT falling apart after every jump. Did they use outtakes or something for that music video? Now my memory of the show is naturally tinted rose, but I don't remember the car falling apart that badly after every stunt.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Viva La 80s

    by JimmyCrackWhoreAndIDontCare

    What this world needs is an A-Team movie.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Oh, I forgot....

    by photoboy

    NO HOFF = FLAMES ON OPTIMUS = NIPPLES ON THE BATSUIT!!!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    KITT can ONLY be....

    by BoMcD

    A 1982 Trans Am..!~ Well... At least for a small part of the movie till they introduce the "new" KITT... One of the main reasons the show "worked" at all, was the Roy Rogers and Trigger relationship between the Michael Knight and KITT.... They will have to try and recapture that for it to work....

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Bionic Man

    by MasterShake

    I'd much rather see a Six-Million Dollar Man feature than Knight Rider. Every kid from the seventies could pretend to be Bionic as long as they could say "Shanananananamuhmuhmuh". So, how much would the six-million dollar figure have to be adjusted for inflation and still sound cool? "The Billion Dollar Man"? Hmm, not as catchy. "The Six-Billion Dollar Man"? That's too much money. Quite the conumdrum.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Wow! William Daniels is 79?

    by zer0cool2k2

    They better get the "BOY MEETS WORLD" movie project going quickly as well. (Plus Topanga ain't gettin' any skinnier).

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider 2000

    by Mister Man

    Actually, it was one of the highest-rated TV movies of 1991. Considering the budget, and the fact it aired a mere TWO WEEKS after filming was completed, I think it looks pretty good.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    WELL

    by THE KNIGHT

    I'm the knight, and I own you all!

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    uberman

    by whoopdeedoo

    There's a Dallas movie in the works. As for this Knight Rider movie and the Hoff's feud with Glen, I think it will end up just like the Richard Hatch/BSG thing with Glen and the Weinstein's making a movie that will be successful and then the Hoff signing on for the sequel in a small role just like when Hatch said fuck it and took a part in the new BSG becoming a huge sellout to his loyal fans that followed his classic BSG crusade for years. Not saying its good or bad just how I see it happening.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST

    KITT not being a Trans Am =

    by whoopdeedoo

    The Hoff's flaming chest hair on Optimus Prime's nipples.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Hoff=the biggest douche in the universe

    by alienindisguise

    At first it was kind of funny, but now that jackass believes we actually want to see his poorly done plastic face.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    There's always a canal...

    by ELGordo

    or a fjord.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    It's amazing this talentless man hosts a talent show?!

    by Kampbell-Kid

    You know you thought the same thing. When a car upstages your 80's permed acting career, thats a clue.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    "...as the movie negotiations continues...."

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Idiot. Oh, and I have no idea what drives people like Hasselhoff once they're multi-millionaires to feature in crap. It must be a combination of a desire for ego-fulfillment and the kind of retardation that makes Germans think Hasselhoff is a rock star and that Mentos commercials are normal.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 4:57 p.m. CST

    where's hulk hogan's Thunder In Paradise movie?

    by Bob C. Cock

    if this shit gets a movie, so should that.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    49 of 50 movies gotten

    by darrenmed

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  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST

    McG should direct

    by Neo Zeed

    With Hoff in the drivers seat.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:25 p.m. CST

    = nipples on batman!

    by GiLL

    KITT has to be an '80s Trans Am, and the Hoff has to be in the driver's seat. and it has to have the original theme music. you'd double the ticket sales than using just the name 'Knight Rider' alone.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Flames on the Hoff = K.I.T.T. being raped by Bloom

    by performingmonkey

    And you all know it.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Will Busta Rhymes be in the soundtrack?

    by Orionsangels

    hmm

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST

    What has Glen A. Larson developed recently?

    by jegoing74

    Night Man 1997.... Please.... David Hasselhoff should be involved be it a very small part of cameo. He is Michael Knight of the 1980s. Those who choose to disregard Hasselhoff and the success he brought to Knight Rider then so be it, the main star was and always will be the CAR, I am hopeful the next generation Trans-AM is spun-off from the Camaro body and that will become KITT.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    It's a talking car.

    by CTU Mole

    It was a thin premise for an 80's TV show and they're making a movie out of it?

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Is Bush the Devil?

    by Orionsangels

    http://tinyurl.com/fj993

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Bumblebee confusion - Bay never wanted the VW!?

    by FuriousStyles

    where does it officially say anywhere that VW didnt want their vehicles associated to war/conflict and thus the TF movie? At no point did Bay want any of the original vehicles/forms, and I think the whole thing about VW not wanting involvement is something fans suggested which somehow through repitition has become fact................can someone confirm either way please.

  • Sept. 21, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    C'mon who else wants a Fall Guy movie?

    by spooky760

    Sing along, "Its a death defying life I lead...I take my chances....I'd die for a living in the movies and TV."!!! You know you want to download that song now.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Off Topic - Must watch = New Tickle me Elmo!

    by Orionsangels

    Funniest shit i've seen in a while! http://tinyurl.com/ecnmg

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Yeah, this movie is gonna suck.

    by Augustus McRae

    APOCALYPTO!!!

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 2:04 a.m. CST

    KNIGHT BOAT!!!!

    by Exeter

    I'd rather see that movie. seriously. Fjord! "They're getting away on that inlet!" "You don't have to shout."

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 3:18 a.m. CST

    two words

    by ipolo.

    miami vice.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 3:39 a.m. CST

    My Version of the Theme Song

    by redfist

    do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do KNIGHT RIDER, THE SHADOWY WORLD OF A MAN WHO THINKS AMERICA HAS TALENT do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Automan & Manimal = Automanimal!!

    by pokadoo

    I know I've made that crappy joke before, but it's MY crappy joke!

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 5:39 a.m. CST

    jazz is a porshe!!!

    by andy kaufman

    last time i checked jazz is going to be a porsche(sp?)in the new movie.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    KITT flummoxed !

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Again, it is pointless making KITT an American car. "Oh Michael, I am afraid we cannot continue pursuit because there is a sharp bend coming up !"

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Proof absolute

    by sopranopants

    That they lack any originality in mainstream hollywood these days, All I have to say is thank god for people like brian de palma and peter jackson who haven't succumbed to temptation.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Or....

    by dude_gimme_tabs

    "I'm sorry Michael, my turbo boost function has been removed to make room for the 49 cup holders I now contain."

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider without the Hoff ?!

    by eule

    I already see Germany sinking into chaos, don't you see he's your greatest ambassador around here? As if loosing Bumblebee to Camaro wasn't enough.....

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 3:09 p.m. CST

    I'll Never Rest Untill Theres...

    by Redrockmullet

    A FALL GUY movie! "Well, I'm not the kind to Kiss and Tell, but I've been seen with Farah!" Come on! DO IT!

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    How about this for a movie...

    by sopranopants

    Airwolf goes to iraq; stringfellow halk, after having a previously unknown brother killed in iraq travels to avenge his death, only to find out he's being tortured by a bevvy of half naked (or even naked) smurf refugees, all brainwashed by the evil gargamel into thinking that stringfellow hawk is in fact another female smurf heavily into S&M

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    you're all racist!

    by readyoufool

    maybe michael mann could "update this" and "make it harder edged" by adding an incredibly boring story line with 20 min of great action following about 2 hours of boring sleep inducing bullshit.

  • Sept. 22, 2006, 10:51 p.m. CST

    watching the DVD commentary of the pilot...

    by Carl's hat

    I kept wondering why does Larson sound like such a cranky old fart and why does he hate the Hoff so much. Hasselhoff started talking about the hidden ramps they used to use to flip Kitt and the baddies' cars, and Larson just told him to stop giving away trade secrets. Yeah that was one of the great mysteries of the ages Larson. Have a sense of humour and get a sense of perspective you dumbass.

  • March 30, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Hollywood Left Wing PC Propaganda

    by Rated Republican Superstar

    There is no doubt that in the new Knight Rider film, they will impose the politically correct left wing standards of 2008 to the movie. KITT will probably be completely environmentally safe and not use any foreign oil. Whomever the Michael Knight character is, he will go after alleged "right wing extremists" whose only crime is that they want to earn a living and support their family.

  • March 30, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider 2000

    by Rated Republican Superstar

    I heard that the ratings were a dud at the time after the movie came out, which is why they cancelled the new series featuring the woman, and that people were offended at the idea of someone else taking Micheal Knight's spot.

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