Well, I'm sure at least David Hasselhoff should be available.
In further proof that there really are just no ideas left, the talking car K.I.T.T. is heading to the big screen in the Weinstein Co.'s adaptation of the 1980s TV series "Knight Rider."
The problems with this are so many, but let's just start with the technology. Although I've never felt the need to have my car talk to me, hasn't ONSTAR been around for about 10 years or so by now?
There's only two ways you could make this interesting. Either have the car turn into a really lascivious version of Hal mixed with Christine, voiced by Eddie Murphy. It could refuse to take orders, just driving wherever it wants to until it eventually turns on Michael, torturing him to a slow, painful death.
Or maybe K.I.T.T. could be like Dr. Katz, counseling Michael on life's problems as they face them together. On second thought, both those ideas suck almost as much as the "Knight Rider" movie itself will.
Is there no way to stop this? Also in the works is CHiPs with master thespian Wilmer Valderrama filling the huge shoes of Erik Estrada as Officer Francis Llewellyn 'Ponch' Poncherello.
Since Hollywood trends run for at least five years or so, why not give us what we (or at least I) really want: Good Times, the movie. Remember: "Van Gogh and Rembrandt, don't be uptight, cause here comes KID DYNOMITE." Timeless.
Cheadle and Ejiofor ready to talk
In much, much better news, Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in Kasi Lemmons' "Talk to Me."
The film, which begins shooting next month, centers on the real-life story of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Green (Cheadle), an ex-con who courted controversy at a white-owned radio station and became an iconic Washington-area on-air personality in the 1960s. Ejiofor will play Dewey Hughes, producer of Green's show.
Add up a strong story, two great actors and a still-striving director and we should have a fantastic flick. The story of our nation's capitol, where the citizens still often have fewer basic rights than the rest of us, is a fascinating one, even in a microcosm like this.
After a long acting career, Lemmons has made two very interesting movies, "The Caveman's Valentine" and "Eve's Bayou," that both starred Samuel L. Jackson and dwelled in the realm of magical realism. It will be fun to see what she can do with this story much more grounded in reality.
And Cheadle and Ejiofor make up two-thirds of the most promising trio of young black actors we've ever seen, in my mind (the third being Mos Def, who just gets better with every movie.) Good times, indeed.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Posted by Reel Fanatic at 5:21 AM