06 June 2005

The Talking Car That Almost Wasn't

Hey guys, it's Donnie...when I was a kid, I went on vacation with my family and we spent a day at Universal Studios. While there, I got to sit in not only the A Team van, but the Back To The Future DeLorean and Knight Industries Two Thousand, aka KITT from Knight Rider. It got me thinking...imagine if you could somehow combine all of those cars into one SuperUltraCar? Just think about it, a talking, time traveling car with BA Baracus and Mad Dog Murdoch in the back seat...good lord, the possibilities are endless.

Anyway, apparently the inimitable German sex icon David Hasselhoff gave an interview with a local TV station where he claimed that the big screen adaptation of Knight Rider is back on track after a two year battle with the studio over.....whether or not the car should talk.

Yes, that's right, apparently some brilliant young studio exec seemed to be operating under the opinion that if you're going to make a movie based on a TV show, then you should remove the only element of the show that made people watch it in the first place. What did they think would be the big audience draw of a Knight Rider movie, the box office star power of Hasselhoff? Of course the car has to talk, and I'll take it one step further: Not only does the car have to talk, but Mr. Feeny has to be the voice of the car, otherwise it's not really Knight Rider. It's just another movie about a guy and a talking car, an empty shadow at best. They can update the car (I'd be surprised if they didn't) and they can get Ashton Kutcher (apparently Hasselhoff's favorite to fill his shoes), but KITT must talk and have the same reliable voice. I wouldn't mind a little super pursuit mode either...

Now I'm going to go mourn the loss of my Knight Rider Season 1 DVD, complete with Knight Rider 2000, which just about any feature film would have to improve upon...


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