Hollywood is dipping back into the 80s for ideas and making a Knight Rider movie. It’s happening and KITT is ready to save the day, in big screen form.
David Hasselhoff (also of Baywatch fame) starred in the original Knight Rider as Michael Knight, a modern-day crime-fighter who used KITT, an artificially intelligent car, to aid him along the way. The car itself was virtually indestructible and was voiced by actor William Daniels (St. Elsewhere, Boy Meets World).
Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Knight Rider movie.
The People Making The Knight Rider Movie
While it is easy to see why Knight Rider is up for a reboot, it is hard to see why James Wan will be in the director’s chair for the planned feature. Knight Rider ran for four successful seasons in the early to mid-‘80’s and made a star of David Hasselhoff. It also produced many a spin-off, a few TV movies, a planned reboot, and now a possible feature film. It was ripe for the picking.
James Wan, on the other hand, has done work that, other than Fast & Furious 7 and Aquaman, his work mainly revolves around horror and the like. Knight Rider seems to be outside Wan’s normal area of interest. That said the writer, director, producer does have his hands involved in the currently airing CBS reboot of MacGyver.
As for the new Knight Rider movie, James Wan will be directing from a script written by T.J. Fixman. Fixman is best known as the writer for the video games series Ratchet & Clank as well as the feature film version of the same name. The movie will be developed by Spyglass Media Group and also under Wan’s Atomic Monster banner, the production company that has produced such horror hits as The Conjuring 2, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun, and The Curse of La Llorona, all that fall within Wan’s Conjuring Universe franchise.
The Knight Industries 2000
One of the most important questions for any Knight Rider fan is what kind of car will the movie version of KITT be? The original KITT was a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. He looked like this…
There are now only 5 of the original Knight Rider cars left in existence, and they’re a hot commodity for collectors.
In 2008 when they rebooted the show KITT was changed into a 2008 Ford Shelby GT, and nobody was really happy about it. Here’s that less loved version…
Ideally fans want KITT to be a black Firebird Trans Am. Unfortunately, Pontiac went out of business in 2010 and they stopped making Trans Ams in 2002. Here’s the 2002 version…
Obviously that is much too outdated to serve as the new KITT. The closest current analog to the Trans Am is the Chevy Camaro. The Trans Am was always just a modified clone of the Camaro put out by Pontiac. Here’s what the 2021 Camaro looks like in KITT black…
The current Chevy Camaro would probably be the first choice of fans to be the new KITT. However, if they want to make the car the product of some sponsor in order to get financing, they could end up getting this totally wrong. We’ll let you know what the car will be in the new Knight Rider movie, as soon as we can get our hands on that information.
Past Attempts To Bring Back KITT
The Knight Rider franchise has definitely had its starts and stops. After the initial success of the first series in the 1980s as one of the most popular shows on television, there have been quite a few attempts to resurrect its wild success.
The first happened when David Hasselhoff was brought back in 1991 (the original series ended in 1986) for a TV movie titled Knight Rider 2000. Then things moved on to another TV movie, this one called Knight Rider 2010, which did not include Hasselhoff.
The franchise then moved back to its series format when it became Team Knight Rider. That only lasted one season and was centered around a team of high-tech crime fighters. With that failure, KITT went back into hiding for another decade.
It took ten years but KITT was revived one more time. This one came in a 2008 movie, aptly called, Knight Rider. It saw the return of The Hoff to the franchise and this time he brought a son along with him. The story mainly focused on the son, bringing in Hasselhoff towards the end, as the TV movie was made as sort of a pilot for the new Knight Rider series that starred Justin Bruening as Michael Knight’s son. He also played the part in the TV movie. Unfortunately, the series was just not that popular, so it lasted only 17 episodes. Of note, Val Kilmer was the new voice of KITT.
The Knight Rider Movie Cast
Other than the announcement of Wan and the producers involved, there has been no word on who might fill The Hoff’s shoes or if Hasselhoff, or even Bruening for that matter, would somehow be involved in the new movie.
Chances are, though, you can expect to see Hasselhoff at some point. You can’t have a major feature of Knight Rider from a major producer/director in Wan and not somehow have the star who made Knight Rider famous be a part of it.