You can refer to me as Victor Kros. Some of you may know me or have seen my activity on the imdb boards, starting the thread “Fact vs. Speculation” and I feel it’s necessary to repost that original post here so you can get a perspective on what my purpose is for posting here and other Knight Rider boards out there.
I’ve decided to copy/paste some of my other posts in this initial post because so much has happened that you need to catch up on to really understand what has been done to get Glen’s vision closer to the big screen.
This is going to be a rather long post so please bare with it and read through the entire thing before responding.
Since it appears people really desire to separate what is fact from what is speculation, I have decided to give you a small glimpse at what to expect and I have reposted a previous reply I gave in response to if this movie will be a "reboot" or "continuation".
I am involved in this project and you can either call me a bold faced liar or you could accept that maybe, just maybe, I might actually be telling you the truth. There is a great deal I cannot say and will not say because of my respect for Glen's privacy but this might shed a little more light on what you expect vs. what you're going to receive when the movie goes into production.
Whether anyone else on this board believes me or not, that is up to you to decide. I am making this effort because I believe as a fan myself, you have a right to know what is going on with this project that can be disclosed.
The movie isn't something as crude as a "reboot". It's more of a "reimagining" of the series because unlike a "reboot" it will still retain the characters, the original creator's vision, and the attributes of the original tv series.
Glen himself is writing the movie, it will be as Glen intended it to be not the sub-standard, poorly written TV "movies" that Universal churned out behind his back.
You must keep in mind that it would be extremely expensive to try to recreate the 80s or 90s to "continue" the original series, not to mention that David has done other things to exclude himself and most importantly of all, Pontiac no longer will manufacture the original 82 trans-am.
You have to accept the inevitable fact that times have changed and in doing so, you have to also allow yourself to accept that things that worked in the original show will no longer hold up today (especially on the big screen) or are simply no longer available to access.
Universal attempted to continue the series once and they modernized everything and you can understand what kind of a train wreck Knight Rider 2000 was, along with KR 2010 and so on (Which Glen was not involved in). Glen doesn't want that same mistake happening again.
Those of you who keep chanting to bring back David and William Daniels don't seem to remember that it's not the star power that makes the movie, it's the plot. Universal gave you what you wanted, minus the black car and look what happened with that concept.
Unfortunately there will be no return of the 82' Pontiac Trans-Am. Those of you who are devoted Knight Rider fans, should know the legal conflicts that Pontiac put into place regarding the show's final taping and the sad destruction of the cars used that followed. This is partially why the Trans-Am did not appear in the consequent Knight Rider movies as well.
I can assure you there will be a worthy successor to the classic Trans-Am, it will be black, it will have a red scanner, and it will not be named "KIFT".
You will see the the use of Turbo Boost, a new SPM, and some new abilities you haven't seen used before.
With those things said, I apologize for not keeping KRO in the loop with the other sites I have joined and informed regarding the progress of Glen’s Knight Rider movie. I was unable to post here until my activation was approved and for one reason or another I never received the email needed to do so.
But as some of you have requested, I am here now.
As stated in the imdb post, there are things about the project I can mention and a great deal of things that I cannot for the sake of Glen’s privacy.
To describe in more detail exactly what my role is in the project is that basically I am acting as Glen’s liaison to the Knight Rider fans out there. I am responsible for seeing what the fans are saying about the project and garnering support for Glen’s amazing script and to make him aware of what is going on in general.
Recently I have helped out Steve and Nick from the KRUK board in getting a video put together for Knightcon 07 that will be shown exclusively there for the first time. It is also the first time in over 20 years Glen has addressed the fans directly (other then dvd commentaries) so he’s pretty excited to hear the response.
It was recorded in his home and made exclusive for the show in which a few confirmations about the movie are mentioned, but I will not explain what it shows in detail because I don’t want to spoil the surprise for the people attending the event.
He is working extremely hard to get this movie put into production but with the new announcement by Universal, it’s made things even more difficult. I created the Knight Rider petition to let you; the fans speak your mind and support Glen’s effort to make his vision of the feature film a reality.
Regarding the announcement made by Universal about their Knight Rider TV show, they are trying to extort Glen into signing with them instead of the Weinstiens to avoid competition. It’s not about the fans or ratings it’s just about industry politics, ego, and money.
They don’t realize that we the fans are the reason why Knight Rider has real value. It’s your efforts to keep the legend of the show alive, 25 years later that keeps it going strong and in turn places an incredible demand for its proper return.
(RE: Knight Rider TV Show)
Ok this is the story,
Glen informed me the other day that as a backlash for his choice to pursue making a motion picture of Knight Rider, Universal called up his office and threatened to make a new Knight Rider tv series and release it before Glen could finish the movie. This poses direct competition with Glen's efforts to revive the Knight Rider saga himself and this makes absolutely NO SENSE because the irony is that Glen was considering going back to Universal anyway having become increasingly less enchanted with the Weinstien deal.
I would have informed people ahead of time that this was coming but Glen specifically said to wait and see what Universal was going to do...obviously Universal has fired first.
Universal was second in line to option Glen to make the movie should the Weinstien deal fall through. This move on their part is rediculous and quite frankly petty. They're trying to force Glen's hand and this is wrong. There's not much Glen can do to stop Universal from making a new Knight Rider TV series or made for TV movies since they still own the rights.
This is how they made Knight Rider 2000 and TKR without his involvement. So I am here to explain both sides of this story.
Despite this release on their part the sad thing is Glen may still yet go to Universal with the project if they offer him a good enough deal and this would then table the tv series threat being posed to him. It's not fair but it's business. We'll have to wait and see what happens with that.
First and foremost, yes the article is true and I would really like to know who broke this story first because Glen needs to know asap so his lawyers can start looking into things. I thank you for bringing this to my attention Nick, rest assured there is going to be a great deal of backdraft from Universal's decision.
If this series is created by Universal, it is not being made to relaunch the series nor is it to draw in new viewers or for the fans. This series is Universal's attempt to couple together a sub-par rushed project with intentions to try and sideline the movie Glen has been working on getting to the big screen.
This series will not be Glen's vision, it will be another train wreck waiting to happen like the other knock off shows Universal has churned out.
Although you can’t have everything you would prefer in the Knight Rider movie, I am making sure Glen keeps the spirit of the TV show alive as best that I can so that the movie will not disappoint you. It is darker, edgier, but it’s basically a re-imagining of the original pilot, updated for modern day.
Glen has finished the script for the movie and I have been privileged enough to have read and assisted with taking it into his final polished stage for submission. I assure you the movie contains the spirit of the original show, it has most of the original characters you know and love and some new surprises you’ve never seen K.I.T.T. be able to do before.
I can’t go into any more detail then that for the time being.
(RE: Knight Rider Petition – KRUK/imdb boards)
If you want your voices heard about getting this movie into production, I have created this petition to help the studios and Glen realize just how many people out there would support getting this great franchise on the big screen and would pay to see it.
This is your opportunity to let Glen A. Larson realize how much this cult favorite has touched, inspired, or otherwise impacted your lives. Let's find out just how passionate you are to see this film move into full production by signing this petition.
Please take the time to sign it and let your voices be heard so we can prove that one person can make a difference.
(RE: Support for Glen from KRUK/imdb boards)
I have noticed that fans have been asking what they can do to show their support for Glen especially now that Universal is intended on competing with his vision. Well after a lot of thought, as his liaison to the fans I decided to design an emblem so you too can show your support for his movie and his vision that one man (and his car) can make a difference.
You may post this image anywhere you like, in fact I encourage you to do so and tell your friends and family if they wish to support the movie Glen is working hard to get to the big screen to post it as well. I have stored this file on imageshack for now, I suggest you save it then upload it to your servers and spread the word!
Post it on myspace, forums, blogs, websites, anywhere you wish to display it. You have carte blanch to do with it as you like.
I started out with a mission to make Glen more aware of all the Knight Rider fans out there and I have accomplished that goal. He has vowed (once the movie is in production) to make more of an effort to visit fan events in 2008 now that I have made him aware of them like Knightcon and the Saugus events.
Glen thanks you all for reminding him that what he considered just a “job” has become a legacy, a legacy that he no longer wants to allow to die. Glen is making his best efforts to update and re-introduce his creation, in his vision, in HIS way and no one else.
You won’t be getting another slapped together TV series or another Knight Rider 2000/2010, what you are getting is pure Glen A. Larson magic. If we can keep that buzz alive, it will show not just Glen how much you want this picture but also the other studio execs involved that this movie can only be made him, his way.
You may think that signing the petition or posting that “In Glen Larson We Trust” emblem won’t make a difference but every little bit helps.
In return for your support, Glen is doing all he can to get the movie into production and as I stated before will be making more personal appearances and signing autographs to thank you for keeping his vision alive after all these years but also keep in mind the man is in his 70s and still writing scripts so bare with him if he limits his time these days.
I cannot give out information about who is being cast, where it’s shooting, what the budget is, because the script hasn’t been approved yet and those issues are dealt with by other people in production. I cannot give out specific details about the script because to do so would cause others out there to try to steal them and Glen has worked extremely hard to ensure his script is locked away and safe. Only a select few have been able to read it and he doesn’t let his copies outside of his house.
I also can’t take requests to have things autographed for you or deliver personal mail to Glen because he is extremely busy these days, but I can keep you informed of when he plans to make a personal experience and if he plans on signing autographs or not for said events. Glen generally will sign and not charge for his autograph for the fans, but he limits how many things he will sign and how long, due to health concerns so please understand that as well.
If you want to send me a private message, that is perfectly fine but I will only give out my email to people who need it and that I know I can trust accordingly.
I hope this has been informative and I apologize if I wind up repeating myself a lot in this post, it is rather early in the morning but I felt that it was better to make this post sooner then wait until later and forget to make it.
Thanks again for reading and understanding where I’m coming from in all this. As I’ve stated before you can choose either to believe me or not, what matters to me is that fans out there are still excited and ready to see Glen’s movie finally make it to the big screen and will be there anxiously awaiting the opening credits when his story can finally be told the way it was meant to…
“Looking to the future, I might suggest you keep your eye on the horizon because like a mighty phoenix, K.I.T.T. will rise from the ashes to fight the forces of evil once more.” --- Glen A. Larson