Ah, some SOLID news on a Knight Rider movie?
I'm very interested, but it's going to be HARD to do it right. In my opinion, this is partly because... I have a love/hate relationship with the original, for the same reason that I know most of the world would... let's face it, David Hasselhoff?!? There, I said it. I'm sure the man is a nice guy in real life and all, but he is widely viewed as a joke by the modern world, and, honestly, when I watch old Knight Rider stuff, I can see why. Granted, it was the Eighties, and things were generally pretty icky back then, but... as much as I love watching KITT (and as much dignity as Edward Mulhare and Patricia McPherson brought to the show simply through their wonderful presence). I've thought jokingly for years that if they would take today's technology and go back and replace Hasselhoff with someone I could take a little more seriously (and, while they're at it, take away a lot of those ridiculous powers KITT often had, like moving objects around on a table inside a house), I would really enjoy the show.
My point in all of this is, while I certainly wouldn't mind Hasselhoff in a small role as the original Michael Knight (if they did a new story and not a retelling), he just simply wouldn't work in a larger role. No matter how you personally feel about him, he could not carry the movie for a modern audience, and the movie would become the butt of COUNTLESS jokes (and let's face it, it probably already will, whether or not it is deserved... which we will find out in due time).
I do share everyone's sentiments about the car, though. I still don't think there is a more beautiful car around than the KITT era Trans Am, and especially with the modifications specific to KITT's body (just enough to make him stand out and to improve on the few areas of the normal TA body that could be improved upon, but nothing ridiculous like KR2k). I just don't know how I think they will play it in the movie. Certainly, if it's a retelling, I don't think there's any way they would or even could use an old Trans Am (unless it is a retelling that takes place in the same era, like Starsky and Hutch (minus the parody aspect)). If it takes place in modern times, however (which seems the most likely reality), I doubt we'll see much, if any, of the old TA. Sure, they left the General alone for the Dukes movie, but the dynamics are different for a KR movie, which would focus more on technology (though I hope we won't get stuck with a script and director that want to emphasize a bunch of goofy technology over the storyline, or even a lot of really far-fetched technology, period). I know if the classic KITT doesn't at least make an appearance, I'll be very disappointed, but I'll understand, given all the issues that have to be considered when making a movie like this. Sadly, though, I fear the powers that be would go for some big, curvy, beefy modern car like some of the ones that have been pictured (I would not be a fan of the new 'Vette at all), and I really rather solidly abhor the modern big, curvy, bulbous shape of a lot of modern cars, and I hope they can somehow formulate the brilliance to have KITT's design transcend the modern trend (much like the incredible design of the classic Trans Am totally eclipsed all over car design in the Eighties, an era where ugly seemed to be hailed as the new good-looking).
Honestly, I can't think of any reason why they SHOULDN'T cast Daniels as the voice of KITT (unless he just doesn't want to do it), but I have a sinking feeling it won't happen. It would probably feel weird, anyway, if they had Daniels as the voice of KITT but had some new actor playing Michael Knight. I think that might make our brains explode, you know?!
Either way, I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a tough job, but maybe they can pull it off. I actually thought the Dukes of Hazzard and Starsky and Hutch movies were improvements on the original (take that back, I've never seen the original Starsky and Hutch, but I did think the movie seemed to sort of at least try to carry on a vibe...), but that direction definitely would not be right if one wants to improve on Knight Rider for the big screen. Knight Rider was full of cheese originally (in some instances more than others - as I said, Edward Mulhare was absolutely perfect for the part and he and Patricia McPherson gave the show, I believe, whatever amount of respectability it had in an era where shows in its genre were, for the most part, simply extremely, unabashedly cheesy).
As for the role of Devon in the movie (again, if it is a retelling), Michael Caine has reminded me of him in certain roles he has played, and I think he would be a good choice, though it might be better to get a relative unknown. And I definitely say that if Bonnie (if her character is even in the movie) is not a relatively unknown actress, she at least better not be a Jennifer Anniston type, if they want the movie to be taken seriously (though Anniston would be better than Jessica Simpson, haha).
Anyway, exciting news. Exciting enough to make me stay up and post this when I have to be awake in 3 and a half hours... man, that's depressing. But maybe in that short time sleeping I can dream of glorious black 1982 Trans Ams turbo-boosting gracefully over my head... or... something... I'm tired.