Rumor: Chris Pratt and Danny McBride to Lead a 'Knight Rider' Movie
For those who didn't know, The Weinstein Company is planning a big screen adaptation of Knight Rider, the 80s TV show which featured a high-tech modern crime fighter (played by David Hasselhoff) assisted by an advanced, artificially intelligent and nearly indestructible talking car called KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a heavily modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The feature film version had Wild Hogs and Yogi Bear writer Brad Copeland involved as of last summer, and now there's a rumor about who might be lined up to play our hero Knight and voice his trusty talking car, and it sounds like it could be really fun. Read on!
Schmoes Know (via Collider) has heard that The Weinstein Company is currently in talks with Chris Pratt and Danny McBride to lead the film. Frankly, I didn't care about this project at all until those two names popped up. However, the scoop doesn't know for sure who is being considered for which role. But knowing that Pratt just got into serious shape for Guardians of the Galaxy, and McBride isn't much of an action hero, we're betting Pratt will play Knight and McBride's easily recognizable voice would be applied to KITT. That also likely means we're going the action comedy route.
Knowing that a writer like Copeland is involved initially turned me off completely. But while Copeland has been responsible for some truly terrible family films, he's also written a handful of episodes of "Arrested Development," not to mention the sorely underrated comedy series "Grounded for Life." And considering how well 21 Jump Street turned out when it went the action comedy route, this is a project that we're very interested in should Pratt and McBride actually end up in the lead roles. It has to be better than the series remake that happened in 2008, right? Thoughts?