Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has hired David Levien and Brian Koppelman to write The Rockford Files, a big screen adaptation of the NBC series from the ’70s starring James Garner. The studio will develop the project as a vehicle for Vince Vaughn to star in. Vaughn and Victoria Vaughn will also produce through their Wild West Picture Show Productions.
In the series, Garner played offbeat Jim Rockford, an ex-con-turned-private-investigator who would rather fish than fight, but whose instinct on closed cases was more golden than his classic Pontiac Firebird. From his mobile home in Malibu, this wisecracking private eye took on the cases of the lost and the dispossessed, chasing down seemingly long-dead clues in the sun-baked streets and seamy alleys of Los Angeles.
The series was created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell.