neps: October 2007 Archives

Aint it Cool News got a hold of the NBCUniversal Knight RIder telefilm script, and they had some nice things to say about it:

The one element I find most agreeable about this script: it’s perfectly happy to be "fun", never thinks too highly of itself, shows a vast respect for its source material while gently nudging it into a different decade…different century…different millennia (boy that’s weird to think about).

Read the full review here. Warning - it's FILLED with Spoilers!

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story today that NBC has found their director and are continuing to move forward with the project. Found Here

Shill drives 'Knight Rider' By Nellie Andreeva

Oct 22, 2007
"The Kill Point" director Steve Shill is set to direct NBC's two-hour backdoor pilot "Knight Rider," a "Transformers"-inspired redo of the 1980s series starring David Hasselhoff.

Doug Liman, who is executive producing the project, had been eyed to direct it subject to availability. His feature schedule prevented him from helming the pilot, which is expected to air as a two-hour movie on NBC later this season.

Dave Andron penned the pilot script and will serve as supervising producer on "Rider." Liman and Dave Bartis are executive producing for Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Prods.

Shill most recently directed and co-executive produced Spike TV's well-received limited series "Kill Point."

He also served as director/executive producer on the Showtime drama "The Tudors," executive produced by NBC programming chief Ben Silverman and his top lieutenant Teri Weinberg.

EW Article

A 'Knight' to Remember
Nostalgia-happy NBC re-enters the shadowy world of a man who does not exist with its updated take on 'Knight Rider.' By Tanner Stransky

Throwbacks are the new comeback – at least, that seems to be the motton at NBC these days. On the same day that its Bionic Woman remake drew nearly 14 million viewers in its first airing, the networkannounced plans to raid its vault again with a reboot of Knight Rider, the '80s series about a hunky police officer (David Hasselhoff) who chases down perps with the help of a talking car named KITT.

"Our goal is to preserve the comedic adventure and fun from the show," says Doug Liman, who will exec-produce and possibly direct the project, which is being developed as a TV movie slated to air this season. (If it's successful, it could become a series next year.) Liman adds that the tone will fall somewhere between two of the hit movies he's directed – the dead-serious Bourne Identity and the lightweight action romp Mr. & Mrs. Smith. And borrowing from another hit revamp, the new-and-improved KITT will morph, Transofrmers-style.

While '80s-themed projects are capitalizing on a current wave of nostalgia, Liman says Rider wasitching to be remade because it's "the Shakspeare of out generation" – yes, he really said that – "a primal story that can be told over and over." From a network standpoint, adds NBC Entertainment co-chairman Marc Graboff, "You get a built-in awareness." And as for the original Knight himself? Asked about a possible Hasselhoff cameo, Liman teases: "I'm interested in honoring television history in any way that I can."

Originally Posted Here by Michael Pajaro

The news of a new Knight Rider TV movie by NBCUniversal has met with some heat from Glen Larson. It seems that while Larson owns the Film rights to Knight Rider, NBCUniversal owns the TV rights. With both projects in development will they cancel each other out - or will fans be rewarded with multiple Knight Rider avenues. We of course hope for the later.

Read about it at Ain't It Cool News

We hope to write more about it this weekend; about the history of this video from KnightCon 07, to the mysterious visitor who has been talking with us in our forum.

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