May 9th, 2006


Does This Mean the Long-Awaited "Alf" Movie Is Right Around the Corner?

As if to finally prove to the world, once and for all, just how creatively bankrupt Hollywood is, the movie version of Knight Rider begins production next year. Why the Weinstein Company thinks it's anything even approaching a good idea to bring back this '80s cheesefest about a crimefighter and his talking A.I. sportscar is unfathomable, but even more so is writer/producer Glen A. Larson's statement that, according to the Reuters article, "he would aim for a PG-13 rating because he doesn't want to exclude the series' core audience."

Um...the series' core audience is now in their thirties and forties. You could make a freaking NC-17, Henry and June version of Knight Rider and they would still be able to come. In fact, I think more of them would.

The goal here is obviously nostalgia. They think the people who watched Knight Rider in the early '80s will bring their kids to see something from mommy and daddy's own childhood and hopefully hook the whole family on a possible new franchise. Instead, what they are more likely get is a money-sink along the lines of last year's Dukes of Hazzard movie.

Not that Hollywood cares anymore about how much money it loses, as long as the studio heads are excited by a pitch that uses words they understand (TV show titles from their childhoods!) and they think it has the potential for a lucrative franchise ("Knight Rider III: The Search for K.I.T.T."). Which is why I'm polishing up my Charles in Charge pitch. What are Scott Baio and Willie Aames doing these days? Exactly.