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James Gunn Says He’s Talked About a Modern Continuation of Knight Rider With David Hasselhoff

January 9, 2022 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Knight Rider

During a recent response to a fan tweet, writer-director James Gunn was asked if he had any interest in working on a reboot to a classic 1980s super-machine TV series, such as as Knight Rider, Airwolf, or Street Hawk. Gunn later responded that he’s actually discussed doing a modern revival of Knight Rider with star and friend David Hasselhoff. However, Gunn noted the main “hurdle” was just there not being enough time to pursue the project.

James Gunn wrote on Twitter, “My friend @DavidHasselhoff and I have discussed doing a modern continuation of Knight Rider many times. The primary hurdle has been there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the cool things I want to do!”

The original Knight Rider TV series ran for four seasons and 90 episodes on NBC from 1982 to 1986. It starred Hasselhoff as Michael Knight; a former police detective who formed a new identity and worked with the public justice organization, the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG). Knight formed a partnership with technologically advanced Pontiac Firebird Trans Am called KITT, which had a talking, sentient AI, voiced by William Daniels.

David Hasselhoff would later return to the role of Michael Knight in the TV film, Knight Rider 2000 in 1991. He also appeared in a cameo for the 2008 TV movie, which launched a short-lived reboot for NBC.

Gunn is very busy with multiple projects at the moment. Peacemaker, a new TV spinoff of The Suicide Squad, he wrote and directed launches on HBO Max on Jan. 13. He’s also working on The Guardians of The Galaxy Holiday Special due out on Disney+ later this year, and his long-awaited sequel to the film franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.