Director Justin Lin is rebooting the cult-classic “Knight Rider” television show as a digital series (via The Hollywood Reporter). Lin is teaming with his YouTube channel YOMYOMF, gaming-centric digital studio Machinima and NBCUniversal Brand Development to produce the series.
In a statement, Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein said, “Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact.” He added, “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.”
David Hasselhoff starred in the original “Knight Rider,” which aired from 1982 to 1986, as a field agent for a public justice organization who fights crime in the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), an artificially intelligent Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Hasselhoff reprised the role in two television movies, 1991’s “Knight Rider 2000” 2008’s “Knight Rider,” both of which were intended to lead to new series (they didn’t).
Lin is the director of the smash hits “Fast & Furious,” “Fast Five,” and “Fast & Furious 6.” He will also direct the upcoming sequel “Space Jam 2” and “Hot Wheels,” based on the popular set of toy cars.
“Knight Rider” is eyeing a 2017 release date.
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