Sunday, April 13, 2008

The new Knight Rider

Some times ago, I had a funny discussion with some friends on what 80's TV series that may be made into a movie. The list included some really unlikely "hits" like a live action Care Bear and My Little Ponies (wincing yet?) but the one show that I thought has a good potential is Knight Rider.
I was a big fan of the show then and KITT was my dream car. I also recalled that KITT has a nemesis in a similar car named KATT.
KITT KATT? Gimme a break!
Anyway, two things are obvious if there ever going to be a new Knight Rider.
1) David Hasselhoff is NOT to return to lead the cast.
2) KITT definitely need to be housed in a more updated model.
For the former, I really can't think of anyone other than Paul Walker. Sorry.. love the first two Fast and Furious, kinda already stereotype him as the coolest face behind the wheel of a sport car.
For the latter, I just knew it's going to be an American car. No Lamborghini, no Ferrari, no BMW Z4. It's an American pride thing. Even in Tokyo Drift, the protaganist has to drive an American car (with Japanese engine though) in the end and Knight Rider is an American show set in America. My guess was that it is going to be a Dodge Viper.

This car is so sleek right? Kinda match what the original KITT was in the 80's.
As it turned out, the new Knight Rider is already out, not as a new movie but as a new updated TV series. I only found that out when I read Henry's blog. But they didn't get a Viper, they got a Mustang!

A Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to be precise. Whatever.. I never did know much about cars.
It was an interesting choice though because this is obviously not the shiny sleek type of sport car guys drive to club to attract chicks but the tough as nail powerful car intended to get a job done, no matter the damages that come with it, to public properties or to the car itself. But of course we also know that the only thing that can come close to even denting a KITT is a KATT right?
I said it was an interesting choice because this reminded me of how they chose Daniel Craig as the new Bond, switching from smart, suave, sleek to fast and furious dangerous! I suspect we will be seeing a lot more car chase scenes in the new series. Come to think of it, there isn't much of that in the original series. At that age I saw it, I got enough thrill every time Turbo Boost is used, sending the car flying.
Hope to catch that show soon. The trailer I saw in youtube definitely looked interesting. I noticed KITT not only has a new body but also a new voice that is more human. Kinda liked the original voice though.
I still have no idea who is the lead actor but I am guessing David Hasselhoff will be making a guest appearance.

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