James Gunn is arguably one of the busiest working directors in Hollywood right now. It wasn’t so long ago that the Guardians of the Galaxy director was let go by Marvel for tweets that had not aged well (via Deadline). But since DC wasted no time in snatching him up, it seems that life could not be better. Gunn’s soft reboot of The Suicide Squad was a hit with fans and critics with a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Because of this popularity, Gunn kept the ball rolling with HBO Max’s Peacemaker. By Gunn’s own admission, he has become extremely busy and may not be able to complete or even initiate everything he has his heart set on. This came in the form of a recent tweet regarding Gunn’s close friend David Hasselhoff. Though the Baywatch actor hasn’t been in much of late, he and Gunn are primed and ready to make a Knight Rider continuation.
Unfortunately for fans of David Hasselhoff, it may take some time for this to materialize – if it does materialize at all. Gunn tweeted out that he has discussed doing a Knight Rider film with Hasselhoff, though there certainly are not enough hours in the day. Since Gunn has been effectively rehired by Disney and working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Knight Rider does not seem to be in the cards as of yet (via Variety).
Knight Rider was a successful show in the ’80s. David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, an agent who fought crime all with the help of his sentient car. Dubbed K.I.T.T. (Knight Industries Two Thousand,) the vehicle was a Trans Am that was amplified with Artificial Intelligence. The car had its own voice and many tricks and hidden special talents to aid Michael Knight in his quest. The series ran for four seasons in the ’80s.
The connection between David Hasselhoff and James Gunn goes back as early as 2014’s first Guardians of the Galaxy film. While Hasselhoff did not appear in the film itself, he is a part of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) emotional story. Because Quill didn’t know his father, he carried around a picture of Hasselhoff that was cut out of a magazine and told everyone that was his real dad. Knight Rider is also referenced in the film (via CBR).
The David Hasselhoff references were only increased in later films. The conclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features a song called “Inferno.” It is a clear satire of The Trammps’ song “Disco Inferno,” only it features Hasselhoff prominently in the song and the corresponding video (via Cinema Blend). Fans are clamoring for a new iteration of the Guardians saga. However, according to Gunn, a Guardians of the Galaxy 3 trailer will not even likely come out this year.
David Hasselhoff’s passion and relevance should not be underestimated. If there is one thing that the actor has, it’s passion. In addition to acting and singing, Hasselhoff was also a big proponent of Germany’s freedom. In 1989, he supported the fall of the Berlin Wall and now 30 years later, still remains a large figure to the country (via The Guardian). Fans certainly continue to support Hasselhoff and nostalgia for the ‘80s and ‘90s has never been higher. Especially with James Gunn in his corner, there is no telling the fate of Knight Rider.