Lin set to di­rect Knight Rider re­boot

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE cult 1980s show about a se­cret agent and his talk­ing car is set to be re­booted by Star Trek Beyond di­rec­tor Justin Lin ( right).

Un­like the 2008 se­quel series, this re­boot will be air­ing on the in­ter­net un­der the guid­ance of Ma­chin­ima – the stu­dio be­hind the suc­cess­ful web-based series based on the video games Halo 4: For­ward Unto Dawn, Mor­tal Kom­bat: Legacy and Street Fighter: As­sas­sin’s Fist.

Lin, who di­rected four in­stall­ments of Fast and Fu­ri­ous and the lat­est Star Trek movie, is team­ing with NBC Uni­ver­sal and Ma­chin­ima to de­velop the pro­ject.

The series will be pro­duced by Justin Lin and YOMYOMF, the YouTube chan­nel he helped to found in 2012.

The plot of the series, due to land in 2017, is as yet un­known. It should, how­ever, draw in­spi­ra­tion from the orig­i­nal Knight Rider show, star­ring David Has­sel­hoff ( above, far right), which aired be­tween 1982 and 1986 on Amer­i­can net­work NBC.

The ac­tor shot to fame in his role as Michael Knight, a high-tech crime fighter with an ar­ti­fi­cially in­tel­li­gent and vir­tu­ally in­de­struc­tible car called KITT.

NBC has tried on sev­eral oc­ca­sions to re­vive this now cult show. In 1991, a TV movie, Knight Rider 2000, was screened to gauge au­di­ence en­thu­si­asm.

In 2008, the net­work fi­nally brought the series back to screens with a new Knight Rider, fol­low­ing the ad­ven­tures of Mike Traceur (played by Justin Bre­un­ing), Michael Knight’s es­tranged son.

Val Kilmer was even signed up to voice KITT.

Al­though it had a strong de­but, and pos­i­tive re­views for its early episodes, the series strug­gled to find fans, and was can­celled af­ter just 17 episodes.

Lin will be pur­su­ing his ca­reer as a movie di­rec­tor along­side the pro­ject. The Tai­wanese-Amer­i­can film­maker will next be di­rect­ing Hot Wheels, based on the line of toy cars from Mat­tel. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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