Variety reports that NBC has tapped movie director Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity”, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”) to produce the return of Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. to the present day and back on TV. The idea is to do a 2-hour pilot for broadcast “as early as next fall”, but Liman may not direct. Or perhaps he will direct if his movie schedule allows it. The whole thing is apparently supposed to be very inspired by Michael Bay’s reworking of “Transformers”, but I don’t see the comparison at all unless they plan to turn K.I.T.T. into a transforming robot or a robot alien. Or maybe they’re just talking about taking all the kitsch out of an ’80s project for contemporary times? Who knows.
Dave Andron (“Raines”) is writing the pilot script and will serve as supervising producer alongside exec producers Liman and Dave Bartis (“The O.C.,” “Heist”) for Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Prods.
Success of “Transformers” had a role in inspiring NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman’s decision to revive “Knight.” The thinking is that smallscreen f/x have advanced to the point where it’d be feasible to have a weekly series in which cars shift shapes.
It’s also likely the new show will explore the idea of “evil” cars to offset the heroic talking K.I.T.T. car of the original skein, which starred David Hasselhoff. That said, skein is expected to essentially remain focused on the story of a single man fighting for justice with the help of his superadvanced car.
Wait a minute, did they say a car that “shift shapes”? Oh crap. They really are talking about turning K.I.T.T. into a Transformer!