Iconic 80s TV series Knight Rider looks set to return in film form.
It’s been revealed that Atomic Monster, the production company of Aquaman director James Wan, is teaming up with Spyglass Media Group (Scream 5, the Hellraiser reboot) to adapt the NBC series as a movie reboot.
Deadline reports that former video game writer TJ Fixman is adapting the screenplay, and the new version will be set in the present day.
Starring David Hasselhoff as crimefighter Michael Knight, and his high-tech, artificially intelligent talking car KITT, Knight Rider ran for 90 episodes across four seasons from 1982-1986. The action-packed show had an iconic theme song and has lived on through countless TV syndications, amassing a huge fanbase.
There have been three made-for-TV spin-off movies based on the series too. Hasselhoff returned for 1991’s Knight Rider 2000, while 1994’s Knight Rider 2010 was set in a dystopian Mad Max-style future. 2008’s Knight Rider TV movie served as a pilot for a short-lived TV reboot, which ran for one season, and featured the son of Michael Knight.
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Hasselhoff has yet to respond to the news. Yahoo has contacted his reps for comment.
In 2017 Hasselhoff told TMZ that his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn was seeking the rights to the show for a TV reboot.
“We’re talking about doing a full blown TV series and we’re working on the rights right now,” the Hoff said.
“It really came out of my relationship with James [Gunn] and the fact that he watched the show when he was 8 years old. It was crazy. I had this idea for a long time and James just jumped on it and all of a sudden out of his mouth was ‘I’m trying to get the rights to do it.’”
In 2017, Hasselhoff said he was in discussion with Robert Rodriguez to make a gritty Logan-style follow up film to the series.