Vin Diesel ‘Kojak’ Movie Moves Ahead with Screenwriter Philip Gawthorne

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Universal Studios is gearing up its “Kojak” movie with playwright Philip Gawthorne on board for Vin Diesel’s bigscreen version of the Telly Savalas cop series.

Gawthorne recently signed on to write the script for Lionsgate’s remake of sci-fi thriller “Cube.” His TV credits include the BBC series “Eastenders,” “Casualty” and “Holby City.”

“Kojak” is being produced by Diesel’s Universal-based One Race Films with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the writing team behind James Bond films including “The World Is Not Enough” and “Skyfall,” joined the project in 2012 to write a previous draft.

Diesel, the star of “Furious 7,” announced on June 17 that he’s been asked by Lionsgate to reprise his starring role in a sequel to “The Last Witch Hunter,” which opens in October.

“Kojak” debuted in 1973 with Savalas as a tough New York City cop with a penchant for Tootsie Pops. The series ran for five seasons on CBS.

Kristin Lowe and Jay Polidoro will oversee “Kojak” for the studio. Gawthorne is repped by CAA, 42 in the U.K. and Bloom Hergott.

The news about Gawthorne was first reported by Deadline.

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  1. darlynne stefanko says:

    I meet Mr. Savalas years ago and he was nothing like the role he played. charming, handsome, soft spoken. and when you held his hand you knew you were with a gentleman. I do believe you picked the perfect person to play him. oh yes he also had integrity. both of them do

  2. Russ says:

    I think Vin Diesel will do a brill job, I know Tele made it his own but for a new version I cant think of a more similar character than Vin Diesel….cant wait for the movie…will be brill ,I loved growing up in the seventies and the cops on tv seemed tougher than they are now…

  3. Thor S says:

    Telly Savales is the only Kojak!

  4. rbmeoe says:

    I like Vin Diesel in the films he has made. He is an action hero in every sense and plays those parts well. Besides the physical resemblance to Savalas, there is very little the same between the two. Diesel is not half the dramatic actor of Savalas. He can play the tough guy, but not with the quiet menacing of Savalas. Kojak would never run a guy down and beat him up, which is what a Diesel character would do. As with almost every remake coming out of hollyweird, it is another example of the lack of originality and a very weak attempt at what was a quality show. No offense to Vin Diesel, but he couldn’t play any Yul Brenner parts either. And in the reverse, to be fair, Brenner nor Savalas would be any good in a Diesel characters part.

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    Jill Thrussell should have credits for the past five years coz they been abusing her scripts to make productions for five years instead the woman has nothing and is crying in the gutter being stalked and harassed by physcotic nasty bastards.

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