Friday, December 14

UPDATED 'KNIGHT RIDER' REVS UP TO RETURN TO NBC FOR SPECIAL TWO-HOUR MOVIE EVENT ON FEBRUARY 17 AS NEW KITT CAR IS REVEALED


BURBANK - December 12, 2007 - As "Knight Rider" -- NBC's iconic 1980s television classic that became a runaway success, comes roaring back to life on the network with an updated sequel that will air as a two-hour movie event on Sunday, February 17 (9-11 p.m. ET) -- NBC unveiled the new customized KITT Ford Mustang to be featured in the series in a press event held at NBC's Burbank Studios today.

The movie stars Justin Bruening ("Cold Case," "All My Children"), Deanna Russo ("NCIS," "The Young and the Restless"), Sydney Tamiia Poitier ("Veronica Mars," "Grindhouse") and Bruce Davison ("Breach," "Close to Home"). In addition, David Hasselhoff (NBC's "America's Got Talent") -- who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series -- returns as the same character in a special guest-star appearance. Will Arnett (NBC's "30 Rock," "Blades of Glory") will provide the voice of KITT.

Dave Bartis ("Heist," "The O.C.") and Doug Liman ("Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "The Bourne Identity") serve as executive producers.

NBC also has an arrangement with Ford Motor Company that provides for a unique content opportunity that makes the Ford Mustang one of the stars of the movie.

The three cars to be employed in the series include the KITT Hero -- a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that is playing the part of the everyday Hero car with 540 horsepower; the KITT Attack -- a super high-speed version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Hero car that transforms into Attack mode with the help of air-ride technology and specialized body parts -- and a KITT Remote, which is a driverless Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR version of the Hero vehicle.

As the original story resumes, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body -- thanks to its creator's work and nanotechnology -- is capable of actually shifting shape and color. Plus, its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal crime-fighting partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car -- and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it.

Sarah Graiman is a 24-year old Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, following in her genius father Charles' (Davison) footsteps. But when men attempt to abduct her, Sarah receives a mysterious call from KITT warning her that he's a creation of Charles, who also invented the first KITT 25 years ago -- and that her father is in serious danger.

Sarah and KITT track down her best friend from childhood, Mike Tracer (Bruening), a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger, whom Sarah hasn't seen since he left home at 18. Having served in Iraq, Mike is now jaded and lost and initially resistant. Eventually he agrees to help Sarah and the two set out to discover who's behind the attempt to procure KITT and find Charles. Along the way, Carrie Rivai (Poitier) plays the agile yet tough FBI agent who has a long-standing friendship with Charles and Sarah. Due to those ties, she is brought into the mix to help in the search.

David Andron is supervising producer and writer. Steve Shill ("Dexter," "The Tudors"), also a co-executive producer, directs the two-hour movie from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.

2 Comments:

Daniel said...

So this is the perfect time to tell a fabulous and absolutely true story from Thanksgiving last month. To tell the tale I have to set up two important details first. Well three actually. First of all I was a huge fan of Knight Rider as a kid. My parents talk about how much I liked the show still. I even still have a copy of a special 2 hour episode on VHS from the original series. Detail two: You will have to recall the Saturday Night Live days when Norm McDonald was the anchor for Weekend Window. He used to often talk of how "German's Love David Hasselhoff." Good stuff. Detail three: My wife's parents (yes the in-laws) currently have a high school foreign exchange student living with them. And now, the rest of the story. So my wife's family always has a huge get together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. About 30 of us gather at her grandparents house for an entire day, or two if it works out that way. We have a great time hanging out actually, no strangling or such. So about 6 of us "young persons" are sitting in the front room flipping channels on the satellite when we come across an old movie with Norm McDonald in it. We of course stopped the channel surfing for a few minutes to watch and laugh at the on screen escipades. Suddenly I felt compelled to say outloud in my best Norm impression that "German's Love David Hasselhoff!" Then I realized something. I was sitting right next to the afore mentioned foreign exchange student. Guess where she is from! Germany!! So I immediatley had to ask her that burning question. Do Germans REALLY love David Hasselhoff?? She said she didn't think so. The like to make fun of him. But she wasn't entirely sure. She is still in high school, so she was pretty young when he was touring the world singing songs of merryment and was the leading male on the WORLDS most popular show, Baywatch. I could hardly stop myself from laughing after exclaiming that and then realizing that I was seated right next to a bonified German citizen. It was pretty dang funny. I just wish she was a bit older so she could have cleared up that issue for me. Dang. I still have to travel to Germany to ask them "Do Germans really love David Hasselhoff?" I'm excited to know a new edition to the Knight Rider family is at hand. Too bad I don't like Ford cars. I'll just have to turn the other check to that one.

Reese said...

Weege, now that you had that nice long vacation and with the first race of the season about to kick off, where you at??