Knight Rider returns to television
It looks like the famous Knight Rider starring that superb talking car K.I.T.T. is not getting a big screen outing and will instead return to the small screen, and with a really big name to direct the pilot.
David Hasselhoff probably won't be appearing, and they look to bring in the idea of an evil K.I.T.T. to counter the heroic one and have something for the Knight Rider to battle...strange, I always thought he found enough evil to fight in humans.
What is interesting though is that the story keeps talking about K.I.T.T. and not Michael Knight, the policeman who comes back from a near fatal accident and is “reborn” as Michael Knight and given the chance to revenge his death with the help of the powerful, artificially intelligent and gadget laden car of K.I.T.T.
By the way that stood for Knight Industries Two Thousand, more of which you can read about over at Wikipedia.
I think the first plan of the script from Dave Andron will be to focus on the car and to lessen the character of the driver, the original series was really about the driver and his relationship with the car and those behind the organisation that developed and maintained it. That certainly is the feel you get from the comments on IESB who take the story from Variety.
What is mentioned though is that K.I.T.T. will possibly be up against evil cars, note that the story says plural , and that the plot is expected to focus on a man's fight for justice using the car.
I still think with the success of Transformers (Filmstalker review), which is quoted as inspiration for this restart, that we'll see more of the car brought forward, especially if he's going to have equivalent evil baddies to fight.
According to the story Doug Liman, who is currently finishing Jumper, is keen to direct the two hour pilot which, if successful, would kick start a new series. If his film schedule permits it looks like he may helm the restart, and that's one great start for the show.