Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Ba-bada-bahhh, bup-badda-bah, whooom-whooom: Knight Rider Coming to the Big Screen

According to Movies Online the Weinstein brothers have acquired the rights to produce a big screen version of the early 80s television show Knight Rider.

While there has been a trend of late to turn 70s and 80s shows into films, the current trend has been to make them into spoofs of the original shows. While I enjoyed Starsky and Hutch by the time Dukes of Hazzard came out the spoofing had gone too far. Sure the car chase in Dukes is great, but about 1/3 the movie was unwatchable. I'll leave it to you to decide which 2/3 were watchable. I hope the trend of spoofs doesn't continue with Knight Rider or the eventual Six Million Dollar Man. I know the ideas behind the film are "high concept." Knight Rider was like the Fugitive meets Magnum PI, but with a talking car, and the Bionic Man was superspy with bionic limbs. I know that the shows seem silly by modern standards of production. I know all that.

None of that means that the movies can't be played "straight" or that they may even be better for it.

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