Vince Vaughn to Play Fast-Talking Private Eye in 'The Rockford Files'
Older readers might remember The Rockford Files, a television show starring James Garner about a disheveled private eye that aired on NBC from 1974-1980. The show featured a charming former-convict-turned-detective who used his wits instead of his gun to get out of sticky situations, and NBC was actually trying to get Josh Holloway, who played Sawyer on "Lost," to star in a TV reboot of the show before those plans fell apart. Now the premise has shifted to the world of feature films, and Deadline reports that Universal has set fast-talking funnyman Vince Vaughn to star in and produce the adaptation. More below!
Runner, Runner screenwriters David Levien and Brian Koppelman have writing duties on this project, and we're still in the early phases on this one. No word yet on a slated start time or anything, but Vaughn recently signed on to re-team with Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson for Interns and he also has press rounds to do for his upcoming comedy Neighborhood Watch, so one can only assume it'll be a little while before The Rockford Files begins production. I've never seen the show, and I know the TV reboot hasn't happened yet, but I really like the concept of Josh Holloway playing this part. That's obviously not going to happen, since Vaughn's production company is producing this specifically for Vaughn to star, but we can dream of alternate casting sometimes, right? Any fans interested?