Last month it was announced that Fast & Furious director Justin Lin had signed on to direct a feature film based on the Hot Wheels toy line. Now this week he has reportedly been hired to reboot yet another car-based property: the ’80s TV series Knight Rider. This new version won’t be a feature film, however, nor will it be a network TV series. Instead, the new Knight Rider will be a digital series produced for the web in partnership with Machinima and NBCUniversal. Justin Lin will direct and produce through his production company, YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family). Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein had this to say about the project:
“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 re-invigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans.”
The original Knight Rider aired from 1982 to 1986 and starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a secret agent fighting crime with the help of his artificially intelligent car KITT. Since then, it has been rebooted a few times for the small screen without much success. This is a different (and probably smarter) approach, considering that Machinima has produced some high profile web series over the past few years including Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Still, something tells me people would be a lot more excited if this was a big screen adaptation instead. Will you watch a Knight Rider web series directed by Justin Lin?