The classic 1980s action/adventure TV show Knight Rider is set to undergo yet another small-screen reboot sometime in 2017.
Created by Glen A. Larson, who is also responsible for popular 1980s crime drama Magnum PI, the original Knight Rider series starred David Hasselhoff as an undercover detective who fought crime with the help of sarcastic talking car KITT.
Reflecting the current TV landscape, NBC Universal Brand Development, digital network Machinima and YouTube channel YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family) have teamed up to produce the show and are aiming for a digital release, preferably on some kind of streaming platform.
Although any casting or an official release date are yet to be announced, Justin Lin, probably best known for helming four entries in Universal’s hugely successful Fast and Furious franchise from 2006 to 2013, has been named as director.
“Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science-fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” said Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein. “Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on reinvigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans”.
Knight Rider was also rebooted once before back in 2008 with American soap actor Justin Bruening in the lead role. The series received intensely negative reviews from critics and was cancelled after just one season on NBC.