Knight Rider is back, what’s next in the revival pipeline? (part I)
Nostalgia and revivals are in full force these days (lack of creativity? lazyness? good idea? need to go back to a more comfy era during our uncertain times?) and KITT is on TV again, so what’s next? Here’s a three-part overview.
Yep, one of the all-time crowd favorites will be back in 2009, but
as a movie, which seems to be the big trend (Knight Rider being the exception). Ice Cube is rumored to be replacing Mr.T as Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus, while Woody Harrelson would be Capt. H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock, originally pplayed by Dwight Schultz. As for the van… GM must be trying real hard to not lose the product placement contract to Ford like they did on the Knight Rider!
Release date: June 12, 2009.
Funny how things are in the air sometimes…
Right when we were getting this article about the upcoming Magnum movie ready, Autoblog wrote about it, citing an article from Cinematical. On our part, we got the news just a couple days ago from a little research on Wikipedia and IMDb:
Keep reading about the upcoming Magnum and Death Race 2000 remakes!
In January 2006, it was announced a feature film is again in the planning stages (after several false starts most recently in 2005) and Rawson Marshall Thurber (whose filmmaking credits notably include Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) would write and direct the screenplay.
In January 2007, it was reported Matthew McConaughey would play Magnum, with Steve Zahn as Rick, Tyrese Gibson as T.C., and William H. Macy as Higgins.
IMDBpro.com has said that on January 17, 2007, the script is finished and the film will be released in 2009.
It is not known whether the film will be simply titled Magnum, P.I., or whether a title of a more revisionist nature will be used instead.
We’re looking forward to see the adaptation but, considering the previous credits of the screenwriter, we’re also anxious to see if it would keep the original Magnum feeling or if it would become a parody like
Starsky and Hutch with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. But Matthew McConaughey is not Ben Stiller, so we can keep our hopes up.
Release date: 2009.
Death Race 2000
We told you about the remake of Death Race 2000 before, but more details are starting to leak about the Jason Statham-lead feature. So far it’s been shortened to Death Race and we learned from concept artist extraordinaire Harald Belker yesterday, that he is the one who was in charge of the design for all the vehicles. According to him, he “was given some of the hottest cars on the market” and had to “desconstruct” them. We sure are looking forward to see the result!
Don’t miss the part II of our “revival” overview, where we’ll tell you more about Akira, Speed Racer, MacGyver, Dragon Ball Z, Miami Vice, G.I Joe and other oldies (brace yourself for some surprises) scheduled for a makeover in the next couple of years!
Release date: September 26, 2008.