For a long time there’s been talk about a movie based on the popular ’70s NBC series “The Rockford Files,” starring James Garner as Jim Rockford. Vince Vaughn has been attached to take on the role for a couple of years now, but things seem to be moving forward with the hiring of Chuck Hogan to do rewrites on the original screenplay by David Levien and Brian Koppelman (Rounders).
Hogan’s novel “Prince of Thieves” was the basis for Ben Affleck’s second film as a director The Town and he also co-wrote “The Strain” with Guillermo del Toro, which is currently being turned into a television series to air on the FX Network this summer. Currently, Hogan is adapting Mitchell Zuckoff’s “Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi” into a movie for Paramount.
Created by Roy Huggins and TV legend Stephen J. Cannell, the popular show about a rundown private eye who worked out of his mobile home near Malibu ran on NBC from 1974 to 1980, becoming James Garner’s most famous role.
After other failed attempts at bringing the popular character back to television and other film attempts, Vaughn is producing the movie with his wife Victoria under their Wild West Picture Show Productions banner at Universal.
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