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William Shatner's T.J. Hooker is Headed to the Big Screen

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July 5, 2009

T.J. Hooker

You've got to be kidding me, this is actually being made? Variety announces that the 1980's TV show "T.J. Hooker" that starred William Shatner as a no-nonsense patrol sergeant is headed to the big screen as a feature action comedy. I guess this is what happens in Hollywood when Fox's A-Team movie starts getting buzz. If this wasn't already bad, just wait, it gets worse. Chuck Russell, who last directed The Scorpion King as well as Eraser, The Mask, and The Blob before that, is in talks to direct a script written by Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson. It's not likely that William Shatner will return in any way, so don't get your hopes up.

The "T.J. Hooker" TV series first debuted in 1982 on ABC and ran for five seasons, the last on CBS. "The series was the poster child for cop TV shows in the 1980s with great stunts, so we think there's a fun movie to be made from it," producer Ryan Heppe said. Heppe and fellow producer David Foster are also producing the remake of Short Circuit in addition to this. Writers Maddock and Wilson were the two who wrote Wild Wild West as well as several of the Tremors movies. Apparently "great stunts" are all you need to turn an 80's TV show into a great modern day movie. I doubt this is going to turn out any good. Do you?

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  • Ultim8
    Oh No! Say it aint so, SAY IT AINT SO!
  • Jojo
    Why, Hollywood, why??? I nominate Chris Pine for the role.
  • Pfft - throw in a couple of comedians and a bunch of celebrity cameos, and I'll clear a space for this right next to my copy of Starsky and Hutch. And no, I'm not serious - this is just a bad idea all around.
  • bozoconnors
    *sigh
  • w00t!!!
    #2 rofl!!! No Shatner, not even worth it. Star Trek made sense...obviously this can too but come on!
  • Jame T. Kirk
    KHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • jasonmd2020
    Wasn't this played as the in flight movie on the first Charlie's Angels film as a joke?
  • SHANEDAV
    Whats T.J. Hooker..................................
  • Ultim8
    #8 Ask your Mother/Father..... Watch their faces contort in agony as the memories return....
  • Bry from Chi
    LOL both #2 and #6 Yes...how many awesome books or original ideas are out there and we have to sift through the pile of ....well, you get the vision. Geesh!!!
  • lumière
    i think the best way that we can all deal with this is to combine all these remakes in our minds. so... TJ Hooker is assigned a new partner, a young Kid of a rookie recruit learning Karate, whose strange obsession with the moon leads to him turning into Teen Wolf during the film. (Karate Wolf?) they must work out their differences as old cop new cop, and avoid the attentions of 'comedy sidekick' Drop Dead Fred, while investigating the theft of a new military robot called Number 5, aided and abetted by the students from the nearby Fame academy, who have teamed up with a crack commando unit sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. i still wouldn't watch it. but there would only be one film to avoid.
  • zubzwank
    Around ST IV, I saw an interview with Shatner (the TRUE Captain Kirk) in which he jokingly said " I knew we'd (the Star Trek people) would be making movies in the 80's. I can't wait for TJ Hooker IV to come out." Well, Bill--you called it!

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