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.