Knight Rider: James Wan & Spyglass adapting classic 80s series into film
It’s been over 30 years since David Hasselhoff’s Knight Rider aired its series finale, and now Deadline brings word that James Wan (The Conjuring Universe, Aquaman) has officially partnered with Spyglass Media to develop a film reboot of the classic ’80s action series. Wan has signed on to produce along with Michael Clear through their Atomic Monster banner.
The Knight Rider film will reportedly take place during the present day and is set to maintain the anti-establishment tone of the original series. The project will be penned by former video game writer TJ Fixman, who wrote and developed the games Ratchet and Clank and Resistance: Fall of Man. Judson Scott will executive produce
Created by Glenn A. Larson, the original series ran on-air for four seasons from 1982-1986 on NBC. It starred a 30-year-old Hasselhoff as he portrayed the role of Michael Knight, a crime-fighting driver who is being assisted by a smart high-tech car called KITT, who was voiced by Emmy-winning veteran actor William Daniels (Boys Meets World). Due to its popularity, the series is being credited for launching Hasselhoff into stardom and had also gained a cult following. After its ran, it became a multimedia franchise that resulted into three short-lived spinoff series, merchandise and multiple video games.
The Knight Rider film will be added to James Wan’s growing list of high-profile projects which already includes his latest horror film Malignant, the latest installment to the blockbuster horror franchise The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, which he produced and helped develop its story, Simon McQuoid’s live-action Mortal Kombat, the slasher film There’s Some Inside Your House and Warner Bros.’ highly-anticipated Aquaman 2.