Weinsteins' drive 'Rider' to bigscreen
The Weinstein Co. is steering an adaptation of the ’80s TV series “Knight Rider” toward the bigscreen.Indie banner has sealed a deal to acquire rights to the skein from creator Glen A. Larson, who also was behind such titles as “Magnum, P.I.” and “The Fall Guy.” “Knight” follows a cop who’s been left to die and is nursed back to health by a mysterious millionaire. The moneyman also gives the cop a new face; a new name, Michael Knight; and crime-fighting gadgetry, including KITT, the car with artificial intelligence. Original skein ran on NBC from 1982-86 and starred David Hasselhoff as Knight. David Price, who brought the project to TWC, is co-producing. Larson said he sees the feature version of “Knight” as a potential franchise property. TWC has been beefing up on TV remakes of late: Unit recently pacted with rapper-thesp Ice Cube to produce and topline a bigscreen version of the ABC series “Welcome Back, Kotter” and the company also has on its slate “The Equalizer,” with Paul McGuigan at the helm.
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