OK, so there’s been a lot of buzz over the past while concerning the new upcoming version of Knight Rider. Thankfully, they are only re-doing it as a TV series, and not trying to make it into a mediocre movie, and, as with everything widespread and hyped these days, there’s good news, and there’s bad news.
The good news is that the series will be largely Hasselhoff free.
The bad news, if you’re a Pontiac fan and/or a traditionalist, is that K.I.T.T. (that would be The Knight Rider’s car, for those of you who don’t know) is going to be a new Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang.
Now look, I’ve got nothing against this move, per se. I actually like the latest iteration of the Mustang, and I’m sure the latest Shelby treatment is just as potent as all the other ones (except for that hideous Mustang II Cobra, the less said about that, the better), but for the series to, essentially, “change brands” is always a tricky move to pull off.
It sort of reminds me of when the producers of the James Bond films decided it was a good idea for 007 to drop the British iron in favor of tooling around in a BMW.
Because, you know, nothing says suave and sophisticated international assassin like driving around in a pale blue Z3.
Anyway, I’ll let you Knight Rider fans take it up in the comments section and we can sort out whether this is a good move, or a bad move or just a move for movements sake.
And for those of you wanting to catch up or relive those golden memories of halcyon days past, they’re putting out the first season of the original Knight Rider on DVD.