Vin Diesel to Lead 'Kojak' Film Adaptation from 'Skyfall' Writing Duo
by Ethan Anderton
December 17, 2012
All right guys, Vin Diesel is bald, so what character can we revive in order to use a bankable star and keep recycling ideas from decades past? That's probably exactly how this idea came up at Universal Pictures as Deadline reports the studio is getting ready to turn the 1970s crime drama series Kojak into a feature film starring Diesel as the titular detective. The original series ran from 1973-1978 and follow Telly Savalas as Kojak, a lieutenant detective of the NYPD who solved various crimes throughout the run of the crime procedural. Kojak was actually named #18 on the list of the greatest TV characters of all-time by TV Guide.
In addition to the original series, some TV movies emerged with the character in the late 80s and early 90s. More recently, Ving Rhames took on the role in a series revival that lasted only one season. Though this sounds like another attempt to cash in on old intellectual property with familiar characters, the good news is that Skyfall writing duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are behind the script. Of course, the two also wrote Die Another Day, so this could either be really good, or go sour fast. Diesel isn't really the best actor, but I suppose it's not too hard to see him in this role. Surely, Universal wants to keep him around and start another franchise to go along with their money from the Fast and Furious series, and this just might work.