Dax Shepard to Write, Direct & Star in Big Screen 'CHiPS' Adaptation
Plenty of TV shows from the past have gotten big screen updates from "The Brady Bunch" to "Bewitched" and "Stasky & Hutch" to "The Dukes of Hazzard." But those were all years ago, so it seems a little weird to get news from Deadline that Warner Bros. has hired "Parenthood" and This Is Where I Leave You star Dax Shepard to write, direct and star in a big screen adaptation of the TV series CHiPS, which ran from 1977-1983, following a couple of officers (played by Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox) who patrolled the highways of California in their super tight khaki uniforms with their snazzy police motorcycles. More below!
Shepard will take the role of Officer Jon Baker (the role played by Wilcox) while Michael Pena has landed the role of Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Estrada's most famous role). The studio tried years ago to turn CHiPS into a film with Wilmer Valderrama in the role of Ponch, but it never got off the ground. The film is described as being in the same vein as Bad Boys and Lethal Weapon, which sounds a little more serious than the show was decades ago, but maybe that will help it stand out so younger audiences won't feel out of the loop. Shepard hardly feels like the right guy for that kind of film, especially in a writing and directing capacity, but he's also a professional race car and motorcycle driver and plans to do his own stunts in the film, so maybe this won't be so bad after all. Thoughts?