Sad news today as word has spread that TV veteran Glen A. Larson has passed away at the age of 77. GFR fans will likely know him best as the creator of the original Battlestar Galactica, but even if you didn’t recognize the name, you almost certainly know his work. In addition to giving us BSG, Larson’s long resume included shows such as Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., The Fall Guy, and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The sheer volume of entertainment this guy contributed to my childhood is staggering, and I’ll always have fond memories of the BSG/Buck Rogers block that I thought was the greatest thing since Cylon-sliced bread back in the day. Larson passed away Friday night of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. On behalf of both GFR and myself personally, I’ll be raising a cup in his honor.
There’s been talk of a new Knight Rider movie for what feels like forever, even though a number of reboots have failed to capture an audience, any audience. It seems like one of those properties that, though there is nostalgia for it, it’s not necessarily the kind that translates into ratings. The most recent reports we’ve heard have a movie with Chris Pratt and Danny McBride attached to star. This will be the kind of ironic, comedic take this kind of property seems to attract (do we really need another Starsky and Hutch?), and we’ll have to see how it goes now that Pratt is becoming a huge movie star and has commitments to Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World moving forward. Until this materializes, however, Funny or Die has their own take on the 1980s camp classic.
This is definitely a different version of the dynamic you’re used to seeing in reruns. Not only does NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. play Michael Knight, not David Hasselhoff, but his famous talking car, the Knight Industries Two Thousand, aka KITT, is something else entirely.
We’re still a long way out on that Chris Pratt-starring Knight Rider reboot—if it even happens that way now that he’s in the process of becoming a huge movie star and with what are sure to be extensive Marvel commitments—but the staple of 1980s television is never too far from our hearts and minds. And in that spirit, we’ve got a reunion of sorts on our hands, as stars David Hasselhoff and KITT get back together for this commercial, and it feels so right.
Hasselhoff’s slide into wing-nut lunacy has been well documented by the paparazzi, reality TV, and even his own videos that show his occasionally questionable eating habits, but it’s been a while since we caught up the Knight Industries Two-Thousand, better known as KITT. And apparently over the years, he’s become a wee bit kooky in his own right. If this video, a commercial for Samsung’s new “Smart Home,” is to be believed, he’s gone down a jealous, jealous path, one that apparently places him squarely in stalker territory if you ask me.
With three Michael Bay Transformers movies already in our rearview, and another, this summer’s Age of Extinction, looming on the horizon, we’ve already seen just about every vehicle imaginable turn into a giant robot at one time or another. While the act of shape shifting in and of itself is pretty damn cool, you have to wonder what it would look like if some of our favorite cinematic automobiles just so happened to be Transformers. And if you’ve thought of it, odds are that someone out in the wide, wild world of the Internet has probably thought of it, too. In this case, someone has, and that person happens to be a way, way better artist than I am, and the result is pretty damn sweet.
Artist Darren Rawlings has taken it upon himself to imagine iconic cars, trucks, buses, and what have you, as if they could also morph into big ass robots from space. This collection of awesome images definitely runs parallel to my tastes and predilections. It’s impossible not to look at these and get giddy thinking about all my favorite childhood properties, which almost all represented here. About the only ones not part of this collection are Airwolf and the Batmobile. The best part of these pictures is that they look like they could be characters from the actual animated Transformers series of our youth.
By now we all know very well that Hollywood is never going to leave anything alone, and that if a show or movie was ever popular it’s going to get remade, rebooted, prequeled, or otherwise rehashed. Just look to the theaters this weekend for a prime example. Not only is there a new version of RoboCop playing, but there are two other remakes opening today as well. This latest bit of news is actually one I’m surprised hasn’t happened sooner, The Weinstein Company is remaking the awesomely 1980s adventure hour known as Knight Rider, and the production has offers out to a pair of potential stars: Chris Pratt and Danny McBride.
Schmoes Know gleaned this bit of intel from one of their key sources, who had this to say on the matter: “Thought you’d be interested in knowing, Chris Pratt and Danny McBride are in talks for the KNIGHT RIDER remake at The Weinstein Company.”
With the ridiculous popularity of YouTube and the widespread availability of editing software, it’s easier than ever to become internet famous. Maybe you shoot a hilarious short video that explodes across the Twitter-verse. Maybe you luck into having your camera phone ready when a local celebrity is hit in the crotch by a migrating red-breasted nuthatch. Or maybe — just maybe — you realize that footage from the Back to the Future movies would be awesome if edited together beneath the audio from the Knight Rider intro.