Fast And Furious’ Justin Lin To Produce Knight Rider Reboot

Credit: NBCUniversal
Credit: NBCUniversal

Oh Knight Rider, what delicious 80s cheese you were.

I mean what else can we say about a show that focuses on a detective who fakes his death, gets plastic surgery, a new identity, and partners up with an AI powered car? All because of some mysterious rich dude?

It’s glorious 80s cheese and big hair. I used to watch this show when I was home sick from school. It’s probably where I get my love of shows with weird plots behind them.

Attempts to capitalize or make the show into a franchise, however, it hasn’t worked out in the show’s favor. There were two TV movies that I think did alright. Then there was an attempt at a spin-off series in 1997, which lasted a season.

Do I need to bring up the uber fail that was the 2008 sequel show/TV movie? It crashed and burned so hard that everyone felt it.

For the most part, the show is remembered fondly from Hoff’s big hair to KITT’s perfectly measured tones.

Today, however, Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious franchise) has teamed up with streaming service Machinima to give Knight Rider a reboot for the 21st century.

And this time, it’ll stick!

The digital series is eyeing a 2017 release date with Lin set to produce the series via his YouTube channel YOMYOMF.

In a statement, Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein said: “Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact. Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on reinvigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans.”

Well I’m certainly curious to see where this will go.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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