Justin Lin, the director behind a number of Fast & Furious movies and Star Trek: Beyond, is set to produce a reboot of ’80s sci-fi series Knight Rider for Machinima, the streaming service based on fandom and gamer culture.
Machinima is partnering with YOMYOMF, Justin Lin and NBCUniversal Brand Development to create the new digital series for a potential 2017 launch date.
“Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” says Machinima boss Chad Gutstein. “Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on re-invigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans.”
Machinima has previously produced other hugely successful live action series based on game and TV franchises such as Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, Street Fighter: Resurrection and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
The original Knight Rider, starring David Hasselhoff and a talking supercar called KITT, ran for four seasons from 1982. It spawned to TV movies in 1991 and 1994, a spin-off series Team Knight Rider (1997) and a short-lived remake series in 2008 (with Val Kilmer as the voice of KITT).
There’s no news yet on whether Hasselhoff will be involved in the news series, but it’d be great if he were the new voice of KITT. Or he could sing the theme tune!