Stop if us if you’ve heard this one, but an online streaming channel is bringing back a beloved hit from the 80s! It’s a story that seems to make the news every other week, but this time it involves your second favourite plot device, a talking car. If you have fond memories of the classic NBC series Knight Rider, then there’s good news for you because Machinima is bringing it back, and to help them out, they’ve recruited a man that knows about the sacred love between a man and his car as they save the world together, Fast & Furious and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin.
Deadline had the news this morning that Lin and Machinima were teaming-up along with YOMYOMF and NBCUniversal Brand Development to reboot Knight Rider for a 2017 launch. In case you don’t recall, Knight Rider was the brainchild of Battlestar Galactica and Magnum P.I. creator Glen A. Larson, and it followed former undercover cop “Michael Knight”, played by David Hasselhoff, and his sidekick KITT as they fight crime on behalf of the Foundation for Law and Government, or FLAG. The twist, of course, is that KITT was a customized 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with artificial intelligence and William Daniels‘ voice.
“Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein told Deadline. “Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on re-invigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans.”
Knight Rider will join a roster of what’s actually a pretty accomplished network of shows on Machinima that includes Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. It is worth noting that NBC once already tried to reboot Knight Rider in 2008, but it was a continuation that featured Michael Knight’s son played by Justin Bruening, and a brand new KITT voiced by Val Kilmer. This will likely be a ground floor remake featuring a recast Michael Knight, “a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless and the powerless in a world of criminal who operate above the law…” But seriously, what will the new KITT look like and who will voice it? That’s the top priority of course.
We’ll have more news as it develops.