The high-tech ‘80s crime series “Knight Rider” is getting a modern makeover for digital platforms.
The show’s revival is being developed by Justin Lin through his YouTube channel YOMYOMF, as well as NBCUniversal and video game-centric digital studio Machinima.
“Knight Rider” originally starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a crime fighter aided by his artificially intelligent car KITT. It ran for four seasons and spawned both sequels and spinoffs.
Lin, 45, is no newbie to handling high-profile titles. Not only has he directed four films in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, but he is also slated to direct upcoming movies “Space Jam 2” and “Hot Wheels”. Machinima also has experience bringing popular properties to the digital space, having previously developed “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”.
Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein said of “Knight Rider” and of Lin: “‘Knight Rider’ is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact… [And] 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.”
The new digital series is expected to drop sometime in 2017.