Jeremy1973 wrote:It's bad enough that KITT is now a Mustang, I definitely would not watch a Knight Rider that features a Japanese import as the new KITT, at least the Mustang KITT is an American car. I think the new KITT should be a fabricated vehicle , kinda like the Batman movies, they fabricated the Batmobile and those cars are awsome looking. They should just make a new KITT concept car built with the sleekness and futuristic look of the Old KITT and maybe keep the Mustang KITT's double scanners. If they can totally create a new Batmobile for the Batman movies, then designing a modern KITT shouldn't be to hard instead of trying to find another car company to base KITT on , then there would be no arguing over wich car models would make the best KITT.
- The problem with this theory is that you're forgetting that cars still get damaged
. For example in Transformers they made Bumblebee based on the Camaro concept and it cost them about 50,000.00 to make one hero car
. Because ONE CAR cost 50k, it did nothing more than drive around in the first film and was under constant care and polish. Now consider that Knight Rider requires a car that can sustain the illusion of damage from gunfire, rockets, lasers, etc - has to turbo boost, do burn outs, be rigged with explosives to "repel" gunfire, crash through walls, and so on. That means you have to cast, mold, modify, and build at least 4-6 different versions of K.I.T.T. for various practical
purposes in the movie - if you make it all custom, now you're also dealing with having to work out the engineering mechanics of how this one off car is going to work, how to make sure it's road safe, and so on.
All of this requires a ton of money. The luxury of using a production model is that all this engineering is figured out for you
. You also have production models already pre-built and all you need to do is fabricate new parts to add to and modify the existing body and alter some of them for stuntwork. That's what they did with the original series and that's what they did with the Shelby's in the new one. So really when you're dealing with movies revolving aound a hero car that does more than just "look good" driving, using a production model just makes more sense in the long run because you cut out the extra budget you'd have to use just to figure out how to make the concept car work. K.I.T.T. does more than just drive around so you need a car that can stand up to punishment and has been tested to stand up to it. Easier for technitions and designers to modify what is already built than to try and build something completely from scratch. This is more than just bolting on a custom sculpted body on a chassis to show off at a car show for looks.
Otherwise you'lre going to end up with a CG car or minature doing most of the action sequences and we know where that goes.
The tradeoff of course is you have to deal with the car companies and adhere to their wishes as well as license the modifications you've made to their original design. Sure you could go out and buy yourself like 4 or 5 stock models and modify those to get around the corporate suits but who in their right mind is going to pay upwards of 25k a piece for cars they're just going to wind up trashing? Not to mention even if you did that, then you also have to tack on the additional fabricated parts and other modfied elements like rims, spoilers, nose mods, suspension, roll cage, stunt modifications and so on.
And that's just the EXTERIOR. I'm not even talking about the art direction for storyboarding, design, concept art, fabrication of the dash elemements and all the other work that goes into making this car look as unique and exciting inside as it does on the outside.
Making a "one off" concept isn't as simple as people think when you're dealing with motion pictures. Not when your car is the star. It also comes down to what studio is producing the picture and what your production budget is and how to split that up between cast, crew, equipment, art direction, sets, clearances, visual effects, and then the car(s) themselves.
Unless you're a big studio like Warner Bros, Paramount, or Lucasfilms - it's going to be really difficult to raise enough funds to finance a blockbuster summer tentpole picture which would require upwards of 100 million just to meet demands of the "seen it all" audience today - especialy if you want to go with IMAX or 3D.