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. (more…)
A little over a week ago, a teaser trailer of sorts hit the Internet titled Knight Rider Heroes with a link to a web site that had little to no information about the project. It went under the radar of most folks, but has slowly made the Internet rounds sparking much more questions than answers. The Man himself, David Hasselhoff is in the teaser, but when one looks at his social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook, there’s only one post about the project, and zero additional information not already provided. What’s it all mean? (more…)
While we live in a world where any franchise follows the five second rule (and the 2008 TV reboot definitely landed butter side down*) it should come as no surprise that we are nearing another Knight Rider reboot. To be honest, we’ve known about this since last summer when the LA Times reported that Brad Copeland was tapped to give the buddie-buddie/car-mullet combo a fresh coat of paint, and it was assumed since Copeland (who has worked on Arrested Development) was in charge that this new Knight Rider would have a comedic take. Hey, it worked for 21 Jump Street right?
Well a casting rumor, and I stress, RUMOR floated across the internet about who could be cast in movie and well, it does look like they are joking. Please let them be joking. Hit the jump to see who could be your new Micheal Knight/KITT team. (more…)
Are you a fan of K.I.T.T.? Zack Morris? Crockett and Tubbs? Well good news, because NBC/Universal is teaming up with Lion Forge Comics to capture the magic of popular NBC series from the 80s and 90s in brand new comic book series. The executives from Lions Forge will have more news about this new endeavor later this month at San Diego Comic Con, but in the meantime, all the details we do know can be found in this press release.
NBCUniversal, one of the world’s premier media and entertainment companies, has partnered with digital publisher Lion Forge Comics to develop licensed comic books based on popular TV shows from the 1980s and 90s. Under the agreement licensed through the NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group, Lion Forge will write, develop and publish digital comics based on the following shows:
– “Knight Rider”
– “Miami Vice”
– “Punky Brewster”
– “Saved by the Bell”
“Partnering with the team at Lion Forge to bring classic TV properties to life in graphic novel format was a natural step for us as we continue to identify new ways to entertain our fans in the digital space,” said Chris Lucero, director of Global Consumer Products Licensing for NBCUniversal Television. “We’re excited to give fans a chance to revisit some of their favorite shows and characters in a completely new way.”
Well-known writers currently signed on to work on the projects include: Joelle Sellner (Teen Titans, Jackie Chan Adventures, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi); Jonathan London (Geekscape); Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, Ben 10) and David Gorden (Catalyst Prime: Accel and Catalyst Prime: Quincredible).
Currently, Jason Johnson (Wetworks, Godstorm) and Lion Forge’s own Carl Reed and Lorenzo Lizana are on board as artists.
“From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylized music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture,” said David Steward, CEO, Lion Forge. “We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans.”
The comics are planned for distribution in Q3 and Q4 2013, and will be available through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s The Nook Book Store and Kobo.
Lion Forge executives will participate on a panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 20, in Room: 26AB (SDCC), where they will discuss these and other properties in development.
I wonder if this proves successful they’ll launch other comics based on NBC shows of that era. An A-Team comic perhaps? Or seaQuest DSV? And will the comics be period specific? Will Saved by the Bell’s Zack still have his brick sized cell phone, or will he carry an iPhone now? All good questions which I look forward to seeing posed at Comic Con.
Source: Coming Soon
We’ve recently received word via the L.A Times that Brad Copeland: Writer of the 2007 comedy Wild Hogs, but best known for his work on the Firefly of sitcoms: Arrested Development (kudos to Netflix for bringing it back from the grave, btw), will be writing a cinematic adaptation of the ’80s-tastic action series Knight Rider for The Weinstein Company.
The original series, which lasted from 1982 to 1986, starred David Hasselhoff and a talking Trans Am. Together they cruised across the country, do-gooding in whatever small towns were too broke to hire The A-Team.
An atrocious 2008 reboot mercifully lasted only a single season. It’s too soon to say what direction the film will take the concept, but Knight Rider was the kind of show that could only be done seriously in the ’80s: In the “Twenty-Teens” (or whatever else they’re going to end up calling this decade), I could really only see it working as a tongue-in-cheek satire….in the manner of the recent 21 Jump Street adaptation.
But whether it’s played straight or for laughs, there damn well better be some Hoff up in there! That’s what killed the 2008 series (well, that and sucking copious ass)–no Hoff….
How can you even think of doing anything with Knight Rider in the title without sufficient Hoff?
As per usual, we’ll be bringing you further updates as they are made available: Same Hoff time, same Hoff channel.