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Can We Survive...The War Of The KNIGHT RIDERs?!?! Dueling K.I.T.T. Projects Brace For Head-On Collision!!

Merrick here... This has been an odd week for Geeks. We had the bizarre and ill-conceived theft of Spielbergian tech and paperwork related to INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, there were RUMORS and apparent CONFIRMATION that (sigh) Brett Ratner has replaced Len Wiseman as the director of the ESCAPE FOR NEW YORK remake. And now…this… I’ll streamline matters as much as possible; just know that the situation is far more complex than I’m presenting here. I’m only conveying the nuts and bolts of the matter. As you no doubt recall, there’s this show called KNIGHT RIDER, created by Glen A. Larson (the original BATTLESTAR GALACTICA). It was about a dude named Michael Knight who drives around in a futuristic supercar solving mysteries, fighting crime, and battling badguys. It was on NBC back in the 80s.
As we’ve PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, Creator Larson has been hard at work developing a KNIGHT RIDER feature film for The Weinstein Company. KR is to be reinvented, modernized, the works. This project has been in play for some time. So, it came as a big surprise last week when NBC announced a new KNIGHT RIDER television project – a 2hr movie/backdoor pilot. WTF? In short: word on the street says that Universal/NBC own the television rights to KNIGHT RIDER; Larson owns the film rights. Uni/NBC wanted Larson to dump the Weinsteins and set-up his KR project with them. When Larson didn’t budge, NBC launched a television project with the intent of counteracting, or altogether diffusing, Larson and The Weinstein Company’s movie plans. Here’s what’s interesting: Larson & TWC’s movie plans are still very much in play. Here’s a video announcement by Larson, screened recently at KNIGHTCON 2007 in the UK. If I understand my timeline, this predates NBC’s TV announcement.

To shed a little more light on the matter, my man Victor Kros sent along the following message:
Greetings, You can refer to me as Victor Kros. Some of you may know me as the one who was the first to officially debunk the Knight Teaser poster on AICN - a fan released featuring a Koenigsegg CCX, which spread across the internet like wildfire. Days later the creator admitted that it was just a joke and that he was surprised no one noticed the steering wheel was on the wrong side. (you can avoid this just by posting a link to the original article I’m sure) Others may recognize my name from recent posts I have made on several Knight Rider fan forums and IMDb boards to assure the fans that Glen is still working on getting the live action Knight Rider movie to the big screen. I’ve come today however to give AICN the first exclusive footage that proves Glen has been finishing the script and fully intends on getting the film into production. This footage was taped exclusively for the fans of the recent UK event called Knightcon 07 and shown only to those who attended the event. It features a message from Glen A Larson thanking the fans for their 25 years of support to keep his dream that “One man, (and his car) can indeed make a difference” alive. It also contains the first glimpse of pre-production art used for the script approval process. In light of the recent Knight Rider TV series announcement released by NBC/Universal, Glen has decided to release this footage (ABOVE) to the general public to assure the fans out there, his version of the movie is moving forward. If this series is created by Universal, it is not being created to revive the series nor is it to draw in new viewers or for the fans. This series is Universal's attempt to couple together a sub-par rushed project and attach a big name to it with intentions to try and sideline the movie Glen has been working endlessly on getting to the big screen. This series will not be Glen's vision; it will most likely be another train wreck waiting to happen like the other knock off shows Universal has churned out such as Knight Rider 2000, 2010, and TKR. I have noticed that recently fans have been asking what they can do to show their support for Glen especially now that Universal is intended on competing with his vision of what Knight Rider should be. I have designed an emblem so you too can show your support for his movie and his vision that one man (and his car) can make a difference. You may post this image anywhere you like, in fact I encourage you to do so and tell your friends and family if they wish to support the movie to post it as well. Put it on myspace, fan forums, blogs, websites, anywhere you wish to display it. You have carte blanch to do with it as you like (as long as it’s respectful). I hope you enjoy the footage and stay tuned for further developments in the year to come. “Looking to the future, I might suggest you keep your eye on the horizon because like a mighty phoenix, K.I.T.T. will rise from the ashes to fight the forces of evil once more.” --- Glen A. Larson =VK=
Here’s the “support” emblem VK mentions above:
So…to encapsulate… At this time, there are actually two KNIGHT RIDER projects ramping up: Larson/TWC’s movie, as well as NBC’s revamping/backdoor pilot. And, fans are once again being asked to chose which flavor they prefer - the creator’s, or the interpreter’s? Can these projects co-exist? Or, must one fall so that the other may stand? Would their coexistence be too much for even the Geekiest to bear, and cause a complete erasure in some matter/anti-matter apocalypse? What is it about Larson projects? They tend to generate such confusion and fervor. Anyone out there remember efforts to bring back GALACTICA (before SciFi Channel’s current iteration)? We had Todd Moyer's IMAX GALACTICA project, Richard Hatch's efforts to revive the original series, and Tom DeSanto & Bryan Singer's scuttled GALACTICA revival. Am I missing one? Guess too much interest is better than no interest at all. And, in the end, this is a;; rather impressive. Clearly, no matter how high concept his creations may be (there’s also a FALL GUY movie in the wind, by the way), Larson's material clearly taps into something fun…and base. How many storytellers have managed to do this successfully? And, how many still have multiple properties in high demand decades after their inception? Something to think about. We'll keep you apprised of movements on both projects; we're particular interested in tracking the status of the KR feature film. More information as more comes in…
- merrick -

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  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Boost...

    by WickedMonster

    ..That's all I remember..Funny that I thought the car can fly for long periods of time.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Knight Rider sucked

    by liljuniorbrown

    I want some Fall Guy shit ASAP

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST

    super pursuit mode

    by WhiteNnerdy

    this will probably suck, but i'll watch both the film and series anyway

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    STUDIOS STUDIOS

    by THE KNIGHT

    It's quite sad seeing a big studio like Universal act so childish. <p> I'm with TWC!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Wow! nice shades,

    by FILMFUNK

    This was one of my all time favourite kids programs.<P>WHere the Hell is the A-Team movie, Cagney and Lacey, Manimal, T J Hooker, The Bionic man, Heart To Heart and that one where the Cowboy rode around New York on his Horsey!?<P>Stop with the sequels and re-makes and do big screen Re-Boots of Columbo with Philip Seymour Hoffman or Murder She Wrote with Glen Close! I'd pay to see that shit!!!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    what'fuckin'ever....

    by future help

    who gives a damn.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    It will all come down to....

    by Wed Vid Guy

    .....which project Hasselhoff decides to make an appearance in to "pass the torch"

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Well at this stage....

    by Sprout

    I have to back Larson's project, mainly because the TV show idea sounds a little lousy. The question is will either project involve the Hoff?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    It will all come down to....

    by Wed Vid Guy

    .....which project Hasselhoff decides to make an appearance in to "pass the torch"

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Who is that malformed schlub in the Bono glasses?

    by Sad_Lieutenant

    Whoever he is, I bet he has more amphetamines in between the cushions of his sofa than I have ingested in my whole life. (But how to account for his cartoonishly-inflated sense of self-importance? You'd think Knight Rider invented penicillin.)

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Dueling Knight Rider projects = Sign of the Apocalypse

    by Ribbons

    .

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Cooooooooooooooooooooooool

    by VERY METAL

    Honestly :)

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Their War. Our Time

    by TheGreenStyle

    thoroughly wasted.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Fuck that, Wed Vid Guy . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . it'll come down to which one has Hoff returning to play the one and only Michael Knight and not passing the torch to any unworthy successor.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    As long as the Hoff is in it I'll watch anything

    by Klaus Herzog

    You can't do Knight Rider without his almighty Hoffness. Whatever it is their planning, they need the shining light of awesomeness that's descending from his glorious appearance. It would be like making a Star Trek remake witout William Shatner as Kirk. Oh wait.....

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Two Knight Rider projects?

    by Pizza The Hut

    Like I even cared about one to begin with?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    the fall guy was the shiznits!

    by reckni

    Possibly had the greatest theme song ever. As far as Knight Rider, I'm not going to hold my breath. Hope it's good without The Hoff.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    I would've gone with the button design that had...

    by KillDozer

    less jowl and more KITT but that's just me. As for the movie I hope it delves more into Garthe Knight and his four years in that African prison.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I would've gone with the button design that had...

    by KillDozer

    less jowl and more KITT but that's just me. As for the movie I hope it delves more into Garthe Knight and his four years in that African prison.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:44 a.m. CST

    The Rock is Fall Guy

    by liljuniorbrown

    I have no idea who could pull off a straight version of Knight Rider though. Think about it... A serious movie where a man talks to his car,not a robot car, just a cool gadget loaded talking car. The fact that there is a KnightCon is kind of disturbing but I have to admit I liked Knight Rider when I was growing up. I just like A Team and Fall Guy better.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Eff 'em both. Bring on Heat Vision & Jack!

    by fiester strikes back

    That's that feature length film that needs making.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Knightrider was never good

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    It was never a good show, it was the goofiest and corniest shit ever. I had a neat looking car and thats IT. They wont even get that part right, they'll gay it up and make it look all futuristic and stupid.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Larson wants nothing to do with the Hoff.

    by Fawst

    So go watch the TV version. Maybe he'll be part of that. The concept is what works for Knight Rider. That and the red-on-black color combo for KITT. The show was utter shit, the acting was utter shit, and the storylines were... shocker! utter shit. Once again, this is an 80's property that could be fantastic if they write it well. Put Jason Statham in this, and it's GAME FUCKING ON.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Knight Rider had too much cheese on it to be good

    by TVguy4566

    I don't think you can reinvent this series to make it cool like Battlestar Galactica or Bionic Woman. A talking car is too goofy to be reinvented. They are better off going the spoof route and casting someone like Will Ferrell in the Hoff role.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Damn!

    by ShogunMaster

    Who knew that Gary Larson was such a stunner. I'm not gay, but damn! <shudder> Who the hell would put that button on anything? It's just going to scare small children (and me). <b> I'm going to hold out for the 'BJ and the Bear' project to hit...

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    I heard some production company was working on...

    by Gilkuliehe

    Stop motion Knight Rider webisodes for the Internets, so it's actually three projects. Said production company was just a fat 35 year old virgin jerk playing with his toys and a videocamera. But still, it counts. Coming soon to a YouTube near you. So it's three projects, Merrick, not two. Ok, now to do things I actually give a shit about.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, noon CST

    McG should direct the movie.

    by Neo Zeed

    This would be a better fit for him than T4.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    hollywood has run out of ideas

    by bluebottle

    x2

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    As long as its an 80's model Trans-Am I don't give a fk

    by modlight

    All those ill concieved Knight Rider 2000 and Future Knight Rider from the late 90's blew. And I'm sorry NBC, Battlestar is one of the best TV shows ever, but you all are seriously blowing it with Bionic Woman, methinks this could be the same. The problem is that Battlestar can deal with broader issues and be treated as a serious drama... Talking Cars and Half Robot chicks... not so much. Just have fun with it ok?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Wait... hold on a second...

    by ebonic_plague

    Did I read correctly that there is actually a Knight Rider CONVENTION occuring somewhere out there? That is both fascinating and horrifying, probably ranking somewhere around a furry convention in terms of the surreal. I am imagining Devon Miles cosplayers and panels on the mechanics of turbo boosting. But this begs the question... does this mean there is a Sledge HammerCon I have been missing out on for 20 or so years? Fandom is truly a scary place sometimes.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Remind me, which one...

    by photoboy

    ... is the one taking retarded inspiration from Bayformers with a transforming KITT? Whoever *isn't* making that one gets my vote.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Truth? What is the big deal?

    by staticneuron

    "This series will not be Glen's vision; it will most likely be another train wreck waiting to happen like the other knock off shows Universal has churned out such as Knight Rider 2000, 2010, and TKR." Personally I hope they both are awesome and have very different tones and themes. Who cares if the movie and TV show mesh together.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Get Grace Park to play the car.

    by Diagnostic

    And Katee Sackoff to play Michael Knight.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    I'm still waiting for Street Hawk to come back....

    by Crimson King

    And Airwolf...

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider the cheap ass realistic version

    by skimn

    An out of work male model drives around in a 2005 GM with the OnStar button stuck, yapping to the operator all day.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Didn't Kitt have some evil car nemesis?

    by Smerdyakov

    I seem to remember.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Flames on KITT = Cool

    by Diagnostic

    I really hope both of these project make it to production. And that both sides fight exchange insults. alot of them.<br>

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Do Some Fucking Research Merrick

    by Fartgod The IRSTard

    How many mistakes can one douche make? 1- the Fall Guy Movie died last year 2- The Weinsteins do not have money to make the feature of KR 3- Universal NEVER tried to blackmail the guy for the feature- they didn't care 4- NBC have the TV rights - they have the legal right to do a TV show 5- Larson is delusional if he thinks KR was about one guy making a difference.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    KRINO ! KRINO ! KRINO ! KRINO !

    by Pound Sand

    Are there any dueling movies that worked? ANTZ and that Disney movie, there were volcano movies, one under La Brea and one at Mt. St Helens. Dueling Joplin biopics right now. There must be others...,

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    It won't matter to most fans of the original...

    by BoMcD

    As a fan of the original Michael Scheffe designed KITT ( the show itself was pure 80's fluff) and as an in-progress KITT conversion builder ... knightfoundation.net ... (deep breath) Guessing/knowing that at this stage of the game that either project is most likely going to be cinematic toilet paper actually pleases me to no end. My beloved '82 Pontiac won't have to suffer the indignities of the whole Flames on Optimus debate :-) I am of course waiting for the perfunctory "Lame-ass comedian" - "Bimbo d'jour" and the "Hot Musical Genius" which I am sure will be summarily attached to either project announcement so I can officially laugh my ass off. Demographics are for those poor souls that are stricken by God himself to posess no artistic ability or insight. And of course lets not forget PRODUCT PLACEMENT. It's a Knight Rider Invasion of Savings at your local Tri-Cities GM Dealer! Glen, we love ya pal but I Pray that those glasses are not rose colored. You had lightning in a bottle. That New Coca Cola really was a winner. Nuf said.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Still no news on AUTOMAN and HOLMES AND YO-YO?

    by palimpsest

    Ah well. Maybe one day...

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    ...and I don't care about either of them.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    I would support a remake of the Adam West Batman TV series to battle Nolan's upcoming video, though.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Dueling Asteroid movies

    by Diagnostic

    the Willis/Bay Armegedon vs. the Morgan Freeman Impact movie.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Kitt, good buddy, get me out of here!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Right away, Michael.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Has to be Hoff and the original car

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    Otherwise, me and every other person who enjoyed knightrider as a kid wont be interested.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Michael and the car

    by Abominable Snowcone

    always got buried, or trapped in some friggin' hole, and KITT would have to launch them out like a rocket. That's all he could ever do, besides talk and drive fast. Didn't even make coffee. He shoulda had rockets and a machine gun. Bond cars were more tricked out in 1962 than KITT was in 1982. But, yeah, I watched the show. The General Lee was a cooler car.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    aww Street Hawk

    by Bloo

    I loved that show, I would buy that for $20 on DVD, not any mnore then that, crap, I'm not made out of money. What they should do is combine Street Hawk and Air Wolf and make it a helicopter that can have a motercycle eject from it and hit the ground going, that would be awesome<P>now I haven't seen behind the mask yet, but a similar take on cheesy 80's vechile actioneers might be a fun movie. KITT, Air Wolf, Street Hawk, VIPER, the thunder in Paradise boat all exist in the same universe and I don't know some crazy mechnic is trying to build a new one.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    There is a KR convention? And it's not in Germany?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Dammit.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    BTW, the rumor that the Germans love Hasselhoff is...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...not as true as you might think, but it isn't wrong either.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Kurzinsky... there was an Evil Twin...but...

    by modlight

    What I never understood was why the evil twin looked like Michael Knight when the whole point of the show was that they changed the way Michael Knight looked to conceal his identity. Pretty amazing coincidence that his Evil Twin would look just like the new him.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Where is the love...

    by Philvis

    All the KR dissing is disheartening. Back when it was on, if you were around then, you all watched it! Don't deny the Hoff. Bring on the movie.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:11 p.m. CST

    what?

    by mrbong

    is there really a demand for this? i mean, other than the cool theme and opening credits, Knight Rider was a dull and dreary pile of shit. rather revive the A Team or the Equalizer. and for those expecting a decent film, just remember what a total fuck up the film version of the excellent TV series Miami Vice turned out to be.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Dueling switcheroo movies

    by skimn

    Big, Like Father Like Son, Vice Versa, and 18 Again. All from '87 - '88. Saddens me I know all those titles..

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    bring back Gummy Bears

    by TheNothing

    You know you want it.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Not to offend the convention attendees

    by Vern

    But why do they think anybody can take this seriously in 2007? Why the fuck not just get David Hasselhoff driving the same car and make it an action comedy about him going around helping people? And he's still a dude in a leather jacket driving a Trans Am so people laugh at him. But he plays it dead serious and kicks ass. And yes, McG would be a good director for this.<p> I can't see how a serious take could work now. I mean I guess a serious Michael Mann style update might be funnier than the comedy version. But anyway, they should consider it.<p> p.s. Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell or the fuckin Napoleon Dynamite dude not allowed.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Here's the lowdown on the evil twin

    by PutZ

    If i remember correctly he wasn't Michael's Twin. The guy who started the whole thing "Mr. Knight" had a son who he presumed was dead (but was actually in an african jail) When he remade Michaels face, he made it to look like his son. Later on the son shows up and is pissed because his dad kinda gave his face away. He was driving a semi truck named Goliath that was made from the same indestructable material as kitt, although the truck didn't talk...or even have a computer. Oh and the evil version of KITT was KARR he was the original prototype that had turned evil, but instead of a mustache he had a bad 2-tone paint job.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    street hawk had werewolves

    by ironic_name

    street hawk wins.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    the bad car had a mustache?

    by ironic_name

    well, knight rider and streethawk are equals.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    the REAL question is:

    by yassoo

    Can we even survive ONE version? Will anyone see this movie? i doubt it.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    What does Knight Rider have that's appealing today?

    by jimmy_009

    I mean, how in the world can Knight Rider possibly outdo transformers? You'd have to have a killer story to make it work, and obviously, since it's Knight Rider, it won't.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    ben.silverman@nbcuni.com

    by User EGO

    email the logo to Ben Silverman, the head of NBC

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    marc.graboff@nbcuni.com

    by User EGO

    And email the logo to Marc Graboff. Graboff is Ben Silverman's co-chairman. Here's a page of article about Ben Silverman: http://tinyurl.com/2ed7sy

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    jeff.zucker@nbcuni.com

    by User EGO

    Don't forget Zucker, Ben's boss. Or Bob Wright, head of GE, the conglomerate that owns NBC/Universal - robert.wright@nbcuni.com

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Really...

    by Judge Briggs

    This has to be a sea manatinee idea!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    more NBC/Universal email addresses to send the logo to

    by User EGO

    NBC/Universal executives: http://tinyurl.com/2hzhcv JEFFZUCKER@NBCUNI.COM, LYNNCALPETER@NBCUNI.COM, STEVECAPUS@NBCUNI.COM, MARCCHINI@NBCUNI.COM, BETHCOMSTOCK@NBCUNI.COM, RICKCOTTON@NBCUNI.COM, DICKEBERSOL@NBCUNI.COM, JOHNECK@NBCUNI.COM, JEFFGASPIN@NBCUNI.COM, MARCGRABOFF@NBCUNI.COM, MARKHOFFMAN@NBCUNI.COM, JAYIRELAND@NBCUNI.COM, PAULAMADISON@NBCUNI.COM, RONMEYER@NBCUNI.COM, CORYSHIELDS@NBCUNI.COM, BENSILVERMAN@NBCUNI.COM, PETERSMITH@NBCUNI.COM,

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST

    TV show all the way.

    by MichaelCorleone

    I hate to break it to everyone that loves the original show, but the show was bad. I watched it religiously. Loved the show, but it also doesn't hold up at all. If we were to get a re-imagining in the same fashion as say BSG? I would totally tune into something like that. Larson was good for one thing.....Ideas. He had great ideas, but the shows were hokey and lame when it came to realism or execution. Let's hope someone can see the silver lining in the crap that is the original show. It can be done people.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Knight Boat: The Movie coming 2009

    by Prossor

    Faster, Knight Boat! We gotta catch those starfish poachers. Knight Boat: You don't have to yell, Michael, I'm all around you. Go, Knight Boat, go! Knight Boat, the crime-solving boat!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    The Hoff...

    by BoggyCreekBeast

    ...starting to look like one of those FREAKS from Escape From LA! You're old, dude. Deal with it.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    correct email addresses

    by User EGO

    JEFF.ZUCKER@NBCUNI.COM, LYNN.CALPETER@NBCUNI.COM, STEVE.CAPUS@NBCUNI.COM, MARC.CHINI@NBCUNI.COM, BETH.COMSTOCK@NBCUNI.COM, RICK.COTTON@NBCUNI.COM, DICK.EBERSOL@NBCUNI.COM, JOHN.ECK@NBCUNI.COM, JEFF.GASPIN@NBCUNI.COM, MARC.GRABOFF@NBCUNI.COM, MARK.HOFFMAN@NBCUNI.COM, JAY.IRELAND@NBCUNI.COM, PAUL.AMADISON@NBCUNI.COM, RON.MEYER@NBCUNI.COM, CORY.SHIELDS@NBCUNI.COM, BEN.SILVERMAN@NBCUNI.COM, PETER.SMITH@NBCUNI.COM,

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Well i liked it you grumpy, cynical, old cunts

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    And how is knight rider any more ridiculous than most of the blockbusters to grace our screens in the last 10 years?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider was cool

    by FILMFUNK

    One of my Faves to be sure and I wonder who theyll get to play Michael, what about Simon Cowell, NO! has to be Vince Vaugn with BIG hair!<P>And where's the Movie versions of<P>Heart to Heart with Sam Neil and Nicole Kidman and Harvey Keitel as MAX<P>Cagney and Lacey the early years with Cristina Ricky and Drew Barrymore<P>Manimal with Aaron Eckhart<P>The A-Team with Leslie Neilson, Johny Knoxville, Nathon Fillion and Samual L Jackson<P>Columbo with Mark Ruffalo<P>Murder She Wrote with Maggie Smith<P>T J Hooker with Philip seymour Hoffman and Freddie Rodrigez<P>Diagnosis murder with George Cloony<P>Come on Hollywood! i want Nostalgia flicks!!!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:16 p.m. CST

    There's money to be made, and Lots of it.....

    by George Newman

    not really, no.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Glad this happened......

    by Cleyu

    Fuck your T.V show movies......nobody wants them. You are just a greedy bastard.........Knight Rider never had a movie when it was popular...why would we want one now.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Oh! almost forgot about McCloud the urban cowboy!

    by FILMFUNK

    what about Sean Bean, Na! Sam Elliot, Na! too old, Billy Bob Thornton.<P>Magnum PI with wil farrel<P>Quincy with Ian McKellan<P>The Rockford Files with Ben Afleck!<P>I have to stop now I feel sick!!!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    To the people saying it won't work

    by badboymason

    Why the hell not? The basic concept is solid: a "cool secret agent" and his tricked out car solving crimes and helping people. It would make a change from the "woman with special powers/training kicking ass" that we get so much of - add in the obligatory conspiracy arcs: Who is really behind the Knight organisation etc. and a light, humourous remake of the series (but that takes itself seriously) could easily be a hit. Nathan Fillion FTW!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    This is the perfect film for...

    by film_is_dead

    McG! Not T4.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST

    I was at the Holmes-and-Yoyo Con last year

    by SkeletonParty

    and we were laughing at the KnightCon guys.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 4:48 p.m. CST

    hey badboymason...

    by yassoo

    it wont work because ITS KNIGHT RIDER. while we all look back to the past and reminisce once in a while, everyone who takes more than a second doing so will remember how bad most of these 80s shows actually were. Other than those who are complete geeks drooling over themselves that IT'S KNIGHT RIDER!!, no one will see this film past the first weekend. "cool super agent with tricked out car" means rolling of eyes to 95% of the population, esp if it invokes the memmory of cheeseburger eating hasselhoff.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    I can buy a feature film more easily than an NBC series

    by dragon of sorcerer

    I'm not inherently opposed to there being two simultaneous Knight Rider properties. Just look at Batman after the Tim Burton film... all sorts of properties (like Batman: The Animated Series) popped up, many of which were worthwhile. On the other hand, it's a shame that NBC would do this just to undercut Larson. The fact that that's apparently their only motive makes me smell a rat... so I kind of doubt their TV show will be worthwhile. Anyway, a new Knight Rider needs a big budget, a gritty feel, and an epic storyline.... they need top notch special effects (an awesome Kitt car with James Earl Jones or someone equally cool voicing), a good cast, and strong creative talent. That's a lot more likely to happen on the big screen with the Weinsteins than with NBC. So, hail the hardcore, big screen treatment. If NBC's smart, they'll embrace the feature film and use the extra buzz from that to sell the TV show... they don't need to be Larson's enemy, and if their show is really worthwhile it will benefit from the extra publicity.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:05 p.m. CST

    there's no denying Larson's concepts were cool BUT

    by Maniaq

    his scriptwriting abilities were... a little on the underwhelming side

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    FYI, "Knight Rider 2000"....

    by Mister Man

    was one of the highest-rated TV movies of 1991. Yes, it aired a mere two weeks after production was completed, but the moderate TV budget was put on-screen whenever possible. It was intended as a pilot for a new series, but later morphed into an unrelated "Knight Rider 2010" TV-series, three years later. Hasselhoff, Mulhare and Daniels were a part of it, and it was fun to work on. It included a bizarre "as himself" cameo by James Doohan. The minus was the unfortunate casting of Susan Norman (who?) as the sidekick. Mitch Pileggi performed his usual schtick.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST

    I got your KR plot right here, NBC or whoever...

    by Kubla_Khan

    ...Michael Knight is sent far, far into the future to teach genetically overmodified, now sexless humans how to fuck. When a tech-plague overtakes the planet, sent by nanite aliens with no senses of humour, KITT the stone-age car is the only thing that can save the day. Starring Mike Myers. *shudder* Please don't make it, I'm only joking.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Forget KR. Why no "Magnum PI" reunion?

    by Pizza The Hut

    Long overdue...

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider versus Street Hawk versus Automan

    by Johnno

    versus Knight Boat versus the plane from Stealth versus Hal versus every anime robot ever created... that was sentient...

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 6:50 p.m. CST

    And they should give the Hoff a cameo in Speed Racer

    by Johnno

    We need to find the man more work!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 7:21 p.m. CST

    If the Unwashed Masses can't let go of Speed Racer...

    by Gatack

    Then they have no reason to bitch over a Knight Rider movie. Both are a waste of time.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Oh NO YOU DON'T...

    by SeXX ED

    ... not before: JAKE AND THE FATMAN: THE MOVIE KATE AND ALLIE: EXTINCTION BENSON: THE GOLDEN AGE ... okay, that's all.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST

    "...Glen's vision..."

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Ha! Except for visits to his eye doctor, I doubt that ANYONE ELSE has ever thought of that phrase in any context--never mind CREATIVITY!!!! LOL!!!

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 8:38 p.m. CST

    All I needed was Knight Rider 2000.

    by theonecalledshoe

    But what's with Glen Larson right now?? Dude scared the heck outta me doing his Stan Lee improv.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 9:46 p.m. CST

    FUCK THIS, I WANT THE TEAM KNIGHT RIDER REBOOT!

    by Pennsy

    And you do, too; don't deny it.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST

    kids love transformers, lets transform kit

    by Orionsangels

    he's a transformer now. genius! oh those wacky studio executives. they get dumber every year.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:31 p.m. CST

    AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, PINK LADY AND JEFF COULD

    by Pennsy

    use a reboot, too.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 10:38 p.m. CST

    what the truck!!!

    by cavemanjakesteel

    i want to see a mcguyver movie. the budget wouldnt be that much with all the rubber band and paper clip bazookas.

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Um....

    by wampa 1

    ...?

  • Oct. 5, 2007, 11:27 p.m. CST

    I have

    by Series7

    A poster that I think was put up on this site for the Jew Brother movie adaptation of for The Hasshough flick. And at the time I remember J.T. was going to play the lead role? Or was he going to be David's gay lover???

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Great, now we get two gar car projects.

    by jae683

    As if one wasn't enough. Oh, and Fartgod, you're one scary dude.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 1 a.m. CST

    Larson, much like Stephen J. Cannell owned the tv busin

    by GQtaste

    business. They were the big dicks in the 70's and 80's for sure. Combine the two resumes and it's quite stunning: Street Justice Adam-12 Chase The Rockford Files Tenspeed and Brown Shoe The A-Team The Greatest American Hero Hardcastle and McCormick Stingray 21 Jump Street Booker Hunter Silk Stalkings Renegade Wiseguy Baa Baa Black Sheep Baretta The Commish The Duke The Quest Quincy, M.E. Renegade Riptide Sonny Spoon for SJC. And for Larson: It Takes a Thief (1968) (TV series) (associate producer) McCloud (1970) (TV series) (executive producer) (producer) The Virginian (1962) (TV series) (executive producer) (1970-1971) Alias Smith and Jones (1971) (TV series) (producer) The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War (1973) (TV movie) (executive producer) The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping (1973) (TV movie) (executive producer) Sin, American Style (1974) (TV) (executive producer) Get Christie Love! (1974) TV Series (executive producer) Switch (1975) (TV series) (executive producer) Quincy, M.E. (1976) (TV series) (executive producer) Benny and Barney: Las Vegas Undercover (1977) (TV) (producer) Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) The Hardy Boys Mysteries (1977) TV Series (executive producer) Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) TV Series (executive producer) Battlestar Galactica (1978) The Islander (1978) (TV movie) (producer) Sword Of Justice (1978) TV Series (executive producer) (producer) Evening in Byzantium (1978) (TV) (executive producer) A Double Life (1978) (TV) (executive producer) NOTE: This is actually the pilot installment of Sword Of Justice. B.J. and the Bear (1979) Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979) TV Series (producer) Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (1980) (TV) (executive producer, uncredited) Galactica 1980 (1980) Magnum, P.I. (1980) Nightside (1980) (TV movie) (executive producer) The Fall Guy (1981) TV Series (executive producer) Fitz and Bones (1981) TV Series (producer) Knight Rider (1982) Terror at Alcatraz (1982) (TV) (executive producer) Rooster (1982) (TV movie) (executive producer) Manimal (1983) TV Series (producer) Automan (1983) TV Series (executive producer) Cover Up (1984) TV Series (executive producer) In Like Flynn (1985) (TV) (executive producer) The Highwayman (1988) (TV series) (executive producer) The Road Raiders (1989) (TV) (executive producer) Chameleons (1989) (TV movie) (executive producer) P.S.I. Luv U (1991) TV Series (executive producer. Talk about kicking ass! I'll tell you I rather liked "Cover Up" you know the one show where the good looking dude took a fake gun and played a prake and accidently killed himself? Jon-Erik Hexum was his name and if it werent' for that tradedy he would have been a huge star! What a concept for the show: program about a pair of fashion photographers/models who were actually secret agents. Sort of like, eerr no just like Zoolander before it's time. Such a shame.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Can't believe no one mentioned

    by Dingbatty

    The Equalizer.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Let's Face It...

    by Philvis

    Hollywood has turned into that episode of South Park where Cartman was pretending to be the robot buddy of Butters. Hollywood thought he was real and he kept making up stupid movie ideas with Adam Sandler in it and they loved it. It is the same idea now. Hollywood has run out of ideas, so they are remaking TV shows and old movies...copping out. Don't get me wrong, if done as a non comedy I would see Knight Rider, but Hollywood really needs to start being fresh again. If it wasn't a tv show or a movie, Hollywood doesn't seem interested.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    early edition

    by ironic_name

    was fun. <P> don't remake it. <P> how about instead of remaking ovies, they just re-release the originals? cheap and quick and would make money.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    efny on screen again!

    by ironic_name

    that'd be cool.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    K.I.T.T. vs. Herbie

    by Agent Blue

    It's the next Freddy vs. Jason! Or Jaws vs. whatever-the-hell the monster was in The Deep.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Larson must think he's Michael Knight in that get-up..

    by Monkey_King

    How old is this dude anyway? Looks like my grandfather in a red t-shirt and leather jacket ala the Hoff in the series.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    As long as they include the hovering

    by ButtfuckZydeco

    soccer ball robot sidekick (with the extending black pentagon patches) from the last season or two---I'm in!

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The Hoff

    by thatothercaptainjack

    As long as one of them has the Hoff singing Jump In My Car on the soundtrack, I am there!

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Vern

    by canopus

    I think you have stumbled upon a good idea for a comedy movie, but no Hasslehoff, unless he's getting run over by KITT. You mentioned Ben Stiller, I know you didn't want him in it, but come on, Ben Stiller in a leather jacket, going around solving crimes in a Trans am, that is comedy gold. Of course he would meet a girl played by Drew Barrymore, and fall in love. If you're dead set against Stiller, I know you would love Seth Rogen in the part, maybe with that fat redheaded kid as his faithful sidekick.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    what is it with Larson's shows and l.e.d. lights?

    by oisin5199

    The Knight Rider thing and the Cylons. Must be something about man and machine. <p> And thank god we got the BSG remake we got and not Richard Hatch's terrible 'sequel'. I saw the trailer he made for that and it was just fucking awful.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    The same situation exists...

    by Tal111

    with Sister Sister....could we possibly see both a new movie AND series?!! As Kelly Bundy says- "The mind wobbles."

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Two Words: Knight Boat

    by Superfunhappyslide

    Michael: Oh, no! They're headed for land. Michael: We'll never catch them now. Knight Boat: Incorrect--look! A canal. It makes sense.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 5:46 p.m. CST

    KARR

    by Alonzo Mosely

    An evil car... I mean how can you doubt the genius of a show that has an evil car as a recurring villain. And Hoff in a 'tache as another villain. Hey, how about you bring back Hoff as the bad guy version along with KARR, and that way you can have a hot new lead and Hoff at the same time. I'd pay to see Hoff with a big 'tache, twirling it as he cackles evily and drives around in an evil 80s car. And by pay, I mean download it... Come on, whoever of the two projects does that is the obvious winner...

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 5:52 p.m. CST

    the show sucked

    by dragon-lord

    there is no need for ANY resurrection of the idea from anyone...

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Dodge Charger SRT8 for the new KITT

    by GibsonUSA

    It's the only American option. Corvette and Mustang would be too dumb and typical. The red beam would look awesome going across the Charger hood scoop. If not Charger, you'd have to go import.

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 8 p.m. CST

    Doug Liman

    by canopus

    I just read in the new Entertainment Weekly that Doug Liman is going to write and direct the two hr tv movie. Ok, I know the original show was shit, but I'm actually kind of looking forward to this now. I am officially rooting for the tv project, fuck Glenn Larson and his stupid "support emblem".

  • Oct. 6, 2007, 9:37 p.m. CST

    There's Always a River Prosser...

    by skoobyx

    or a stream...or a fjord.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 12:53 a.m. CST

    This is all BULLSHIT and as for a MAGNUM PI reunion...

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Don't count on that happening any time soon, much as I'd love to see it myself. Selleck tried for years to get a Magnum movie going and at one point even had Tom Clancy himself on board to write a treatment, since he was a giant fan of the show as well. You'd think with all the SHIT tv shows Hollywood decides to "remake" as movies that a Selleck & crew with Tom Clancy in tow deal would go through easily...<p>...But it didn't. Instead, Universal killed it all and basically told Selleck that his services were no longer needed and they would do their own movie, with a full recasting. At one point Clooney was mentioned as being courted for the role (appparently he was a fan of the show too) and last I heard...much like STARSKY AND HUTCH...they were going to do the MAGNUM movie as comedy. I don't know if he's still attached, but the guy who did DODGEBALL was signed to do a new script and direct.<p>Frankly, doing remakes like this makes no sense to me and strikes me as utter bullshit and yet another example of Hollywood creative bankruptcy. I'm sure there are some die hard Trekkers out there that just HAVE to get some new Trek material or they'll die, but the new J.J. Abrams remake falls under this same category for me. Why the fuck are you remaking classic TV that IS classic because we truly loved certain people in certain roles at certain times in our lives and THAT was the charm and magic to it all? I'm sorry, Hollywood, but fuck you with the new TREK movie no matter how many Sylar fans you think there are out here. Shatner and Nimoy are Kirk and Spock...Selleck is Thomas Magnum...the Hoff is Michael Knight. Trying to make new versions with new people is just bullshit that no one really wants to see and that's why practically EVERY so-called "reimagining" of a classic TV show fucking fails.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    NBC/UNIVERSAL SUCKS RHINO ASS

    by Ferf Muckmeyer

    This has to be the most fucked up entertainment company on the planet. First they dump iTunes as a vehicle for selling TV shows, one of the dumbest moves in history. Now they are using guerilla warfare tactics against Larson to force him to dump the Weinsteins in favor of Universal? No wonder why NBC went from the highest rated network from just a few years ago to the lowest. A bunch of dumbfucks are running that company into the ground. They can go suck balls.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 4:52 a.m. CST

    S.H.I.T.T. 2000

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    In Larson we trust? That is funny. Seriously though, this could be a fun movie if the pieces come together.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    America loves it's cars...

    by scottybtrue

    This was a great show for it's time, and I really think we need a resurgence of these kind of mini-movies that were so prevalant in the 80's. The show had something for everybody, it had the car for the guys and action, the Hoff for the ladies, and a kool futuristic talking car for the kids. No wonder it was successful. I can seriously see this being remade and updated into a movie, or even a weekly show easily. In a world with nothing but reality TV, and millionare shows, (with exception to a few...HEROES) We need more projects like this!

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST

    K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R.

    by Bruce Leroy

    Give me a movie about that. Then again, will i still like it as much as when i was a kid? Things seem better and much cooler through the eyes of nostalgia. Their going through the whole 1980's catalogue of films and tv-series. Next thing they'll bring to the bigscreen is Captain Power and the soldiers of the future...mark my words.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    the TV show

    by BizarroJerry

    KR was a show that was a cool concept, poorly executed. The little narration during the opening titles makes it sounds like an awesome show. But then Michael ends up in a cowboy hat saving someone's farm from evil developers. The A-Team pretty much suffers from the same thing, right down to the same plot line, though the show was a bit better.

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Then and now.

    by 2Sheds

    I grew up on 80's shows like this and they always divided people right down the middle, you thought it was shit or the only good things on tv. I fall into the latter group. TV can be too talky now, but then the old shows didnt have the substance the present equivalents do. They were just a product of the times they were made and bringing them back now is just an exercise in brand recognition. On the whole older fans wont like the inevitable changes and the younger audience cant see the attraction in the nostalgia. That said, if they insist on doing it, bring back K.A.R.R and Goliath !

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    TVGUY 4566:"They are better off going the spoof route"

    by Cory849

    I actually love this idea. But I also loved (still love) the idea of a Jack Black Green Lantern.<br><br> And I am not putting up a fucking Glen Larson Knight Rider decal. Personally, I support Cancer research. Honestly...

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider versus Spy Hunter

    by Johnno

    If they want to be at least a bit original I believe the way to go is to cross over different genres, a TV show versus a comic book character versus a video game. It would at least peak our curiosity...

  • Oct. 7, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    put macgruber from SNL in it!!!

    by BadMrWonka

    with sandberg as the voice of the car...<p>"MacGruber!! Even a futuristic car can't stop him from thinking about his ex wife!!"<p>"MacGruber!!! Drives by her house at night in a bitching Trans Am from the future!!"<p>"MacGruber!! Used to have a martini dispenser in his dash until his subsequent court ordered sobriety!!"<p>you know you would see that movie...

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Wait....ther's a KR con? Who goes to a KR con?

    by SG7

    That's just crazy.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Knight Rider is so not worth all of this.

    by Using_BrandX

    Honestly its a car that talks with lights where other cars don't have lights. Great. The most I would pay for this franchise is the $.99 for the theme song. And I'm not even sure of that.

  • Nov. 12, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Street Hawk

    by Spyhunter

    So that motorcycle goes 300 MPH...how does he not end up in another zip code when that thing makes turns?

  • Dec. 30, 2007, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Hoff on Leno

    by doomrat

    Anyone remember an episode of Leno not to long ago where the Hoff was on and he talked about the movie? He didn't say anything about doing a TV show, but that he really wanted to make a movie with Glen. I'd much rather see this movie. As for NBC using the show to tank the movie, I don't think it's going to work. Everyone who loves KR knows Glen more than those other two guys, and personally, as far as KR is involved I'd follow Glen to the end of the earth. If it has his name on it, I'll watch it. Cause he won't fuck up Kitt. Mind you, Glen didn't have anything to do with any previous KR spinoffs. Which all sucked. Also, KR con I believe is kinda a show for people who've built the cars, and kinda a parts swap too.

  • Feb. 15, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    No Cigarettes today?

    by orcus