Yes, that’s right, we’re going to be bringing back KNIGHT RIDER, the iconic 80s action TV series about a man and his talking car. YOMYOMF will be producing a digital reboot of the show with Machinima, NBCUniversal brand development and YOMYOMF founder/STAR TREK BEYOND director Justin Lin at the creative helm. You can read more here, but here are the details from the official press release from Machinima:
This deal is another example of Machinima working with elite talent inside and outside of its network to deliver high-profile, live-action series to its extensive worldwide audience. The announcement was made by Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein.
“Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” said Gutstein. “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 series is the latest in a long list of long form, live action series based on the world’s most popular television series and video game franchises that Machinima has produced, some of which are among the most watched online programs in history. It will join the likes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist and Street Fighter: Resurrection, and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Combined, those series have garnered more than 300 million views on Machinima.
We’ll of course have more details on this project in the coming months, but what we can say now is expect something that pays tribute to the original series but is definitely reflective of the 21st century world we live in.