The Hoff and KITT may one day be reunited as super spies…
Former Knight Rider star David Hasselhoff tells us he would like to turn the cult 1980s TV series into a movie that reimages the hero Michael Knight as more of a “James Bond” style character.
Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, Hasselhoff revealed: “I would love to make Knight Rider the movie in a real James Bond way. It’s in development right now as a movie and I know the direction they are going but it’s not that direction.”
Hasselhoff has said he would like to appear in the movie reboot, but so far it appears that his overtures have been rebuffed by the Weinstein Company, which is understood to be overseeing it. Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is leading the race to fill Hasselhoff’s shoes in the part of Michael, the investigator with the talking car, KITT.
However Hasselhoff tells us that he is not sure that movie will ever be made. “I don’t think it’s going to happen,” he said of the project, which is understood to have been penned by Arrested Development writer Brad Copeland.
The original series ran from 1982 to 1986 with an NBC follow up in 2008 centred around Michael’s estranged son Mike Traceur (Justin Bruening) who takes up his father’s crime-busting mantle. However it didn’t last beyond the pilot stage.
Hasselhoff told us: “I had two major shows. One was about talking to a car. Could you imagine getting that script where you have to talk to a car. Can I get ER? Why didn’t I get Hill Street Blues? And yet 30 years later we are still talking about it.”
Hoff the Record, a six-part take on Hasselhoff’s life, will air on Dave next year
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.