Knight Rider, which made David Hasselhoff a star back in the 1980s, is getting a digital series treatment on Machinima with Justin Lin as their partner.
Lin is no stranger to franchises. He directed Fast & Furious 6, which arguably revitalized the movie series, as well as Star Trek Beyond. Apparently, he’s also lined up to do Space Jam 2 with LeBron James and a Hot Wheels movie for Legendary. This guy is busy.
“Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” CEO Chad Gutstein said. “Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on re-invigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans.”
Machinima is being backed by Warner Bros and NBC Universal. NBC aired the original series about a smart car named KITT and its driver Michael Knight (Hasselhoff). Created by Glen A. Larson, the show lasted for four seasons. The network tried to reboot the series back in 2008 with Justin Bruening as the Knight, and Val Kilmer as KITT, but it bombed hard. Hopefully the 2017 reboot will have better success. The online digital channel specializes in live-action series based on TV and video game franchises. They were had a hand in quite a few popular series such as Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. All together, those have garnered more than 300 million views on Machinima.