Last year, screenwriter Brad Copeland was hired to script The Weinstein Company’s big-screen take on the 1980s series Knight Rider. Since Copeland’s credits are strictly comedies — great sitcoms like Arrested Development and Grounded For Life, and horrid movies like Yogi Bear and Wild Hogs — it was safe to assume that this feature remake would be taking a more comedic route. Those assumptions now seem concrete with SchmoesKnow reporting last night that Chris Pratt and Danny McBride are in talks for the remake.
Considering the recent success of the self-aware, tongue-in-cheek big-screen adaptation of 21 Jump Street and the failure of the 2008 reboot of the Knight Rider series, a comedic take on the property actually seems like the safer bet. The original series starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a lone crimefighter battling the forces of evil with the help of his artificially intelligent supercar K.I.T.T. (voiced by Boy Meets World’s William Daniels).
Pratt and McBride’s involvement hasn’t been confirmed, so take this as a rumor for now. It should be noted, though, that SchmoesKnow’s source is more hit than miss, so the two actors are likely at least in early talks. There’s no word on which actor would take on what role, but with Pratt’s action oriented roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Zero Dark Thirty, he seems more groomed for Michael Knight with McBride likely being looked at to voice K.I.T.T.