James Wan, who has directed films from the first “Saw” to “Aquaman,” with “Furious 7” in between, and produced even more projects, is producing a new Knight Rider movie according to a report in Deadline. Just in case there’s a reader who doesn’t know, Knight Rider was one of the seminal trio of iconic-car shows from the 1980s, along with “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Miami Vice.” The series lasted 90 episodes that ran from 1982 to 1986, following the crime-fighting exploits of Michael Knight, a man who crusaded for justice after being shot in the face. Billionaire Walton Knight hired Michael to work with the Knight Foundation, where Michael helps develop the Knight Industries Two Thousand, a Pontiac Trans-Am with AI that can talk, drive more than 200 miles per hour, and could teach MI6’s Q Branch about gadgetry. Collider described David Hasselhof’s Michael Knight as “crimefighter by trade and wearing-a-leather-jacket-with-no-shirt-underneath innovator by hobby.”
The show made such an impression that there was a series spinoff called “Code of Justice,” two TV movies in 1991 and 1994, a convention called KnightCon, and a series reboot on NBC that lasted for one season from 2008 to 2009, as well as stores full of action figures and models and literature, YouTube fan-made trailers and movies, and this wacky German-dubbed short “Knight Rider” film starring Hasselhoff.
We don’t know anything about the new movie’s plot yet, other than that it’s set in the present. T.J. Fixman, better known for now as a video game writer who worked on franchises like “Ratchet and Clank” and “Resistance: Fall of Man,” has been attached to write, with a mandate to keep “the anti-establishment tone of the original.” With matters still early in development there’s no telling when the movie will hit theaters, and Wan’s probably got his hands busy with the new MacGuyver reboot for CBS, anyway. Now that there’s already been a Knight Industries 2000 and 3000, that gives us plenty of time to imagine — in a world where 200-mph hypercars powered by everything sprout like weeds and even Cannonballers are using military-like equipment — what would a Knight Industries Four Thousand possess? And would it be called KIFT?