Knight Rider

With the Fast and Furious movies making billions for Universal, it’s no surprise other studios are trying to make their own car films. And if those films are based on well-known properties, that’s even better. Need for Speed is currently in production at DreamWorks, and now The Weinstein Company is moving ahead with a film based on the Eighties TV show Knight Rider.

Brad Copeland, who wrote the 2007 hit Wild Hogs, as well as TV shows Arrested Development and Grounded for Life, has been hired to pen the screenplay about a man who fights crime in his smart, talking car. The original series ran from 1982-1986 and made a star of David Hasselhoff. NBC rebooted the show in 2008, but that only ran one season. The film will presumably start fresh rather than relying on that TV reboot. Read More »

In this current remake-happy cinematic climate, that Gone With the Wind is being eyed for a do-over isn’t much of a shocker — but the name behind it certainly is. In an interview with NextMovie, former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff expressed his desire to star in a remake of the classic romance from 1939, and even offered up one idea about the casting.

Hasselhoff told the site that his manager had been unhappy with him for signing on to the ultra-campy Piranha 3DD. “He wants me to do a Knight Rider film or Nick Fury, which I was supposed to do, or a remake of Gone With the Wind,” Hasselhoff said. Later in the conversation, he brought up the potential Gone With the Wind project again. “Hopefully the Gone With the Wind will come, hopefully something great will happen.”

Naturally, the conversation then turned to who could tackle the iconic Scarlett O’Hara role opposite Hasselhoff’s Rhett Butler. Hasselhoff suggested Rachel Weisz, though he initially referred to her as “Rachel Rice.” “I think she’s hot,” he said.

After the jump, WWE’s Leprechaun remake hires a writer and Robocop star Joel Kinnaman offers up new details.

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Have you spent the last 18 years wondering what happened to Pauly Shore‘s character after the events of In the Army Now? Well, too bad, because he plans to tell you anyway. Also after the jump:

  • Hatchet 3 rounds out its cast with several horror movie stalwarts
  • Piranha 3DD releases a hilarious making-of video on Funny or Die
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger slips details about his Expendables 2 shoot
  • Should a possible Men in Black 4 be called People in Black?
  • Star Trek 2 will bring back a small supporting character
  • Timo Vuorensola will further explore the world of Iron Sky

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Bloodthirsty fish, show-offy zebras, superpowered brothers, and overgrown manchildren run wild in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Josh Trank still not sure on Chronicle 2
  • Similarly, Joss Whedon undecided on Avengers 2
  • More Grown Ups 2 shooting news in New England
  • MIB3‘s viral campaign concludes with a final video
  • Chris Rock rocks out in a new Madagascar 3 clip
  • The Hoff features prominently in clips from Piranha 3DD
  • Chris Hemsworth spills about Thor and Loki’s relationship

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J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2 (or whatever they end up calling it) is really the center of attention in this Sequel Bits, thanks to some fresh set photos, shooting info for the Bay Area, and news about a potential cameo. Also after the jump:

  • Piranha 3DD unveils a revised trailer, now with more Hoff
  • Agent J goes for a ride in a new Men in Black 3 poster
  • Storm Shadow takes center stage in international G.I. Joe one-sheets
  • Sylvester Stallone spills his thoughts on Rambo 5
  • Producer says The Strangers 2 will finally shoot this fall

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‘Piranha 3DD’ Scream Awards Teaser Trailer

Here’s the first teaser footage from Dimension’s Piranha 3DD, the sequel to Alexandre Aja’s revival of the Piranha series. If this teaser is to be believed, Feast director John Gulager hasn’t changed the formula at all, so this sequel has some sort of story (featuring David Hasselhoff) partially pushed to the background as another group of partying bikini-clad beach babes gets chewed up by hungry prehistoric fish.

We see a glimpse of returning actors Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames, the latter of which comes bearing a Robert Rodriguez touch. That, and the whole tone of this teaser, makes Piranha 3DD look like something that might appeal to anyone who enjoyed the low-brow silliness of the last movie. In other words, this is exactly what you expect it to be. Oh, and it is mildly NSFW, as the title suggests. Read More »

The last time we reported on the Baywatch movie, Russ wrote that he hoped it would “just dry up and go away.” For a while, it seemed he’d gotten his wish, as the project didn’t seem to be making much progress. But it’s back now, with a script newly rewritten by Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan. And for better or worse, it’s apparently totally unrelated to the show — aside from a couple of planned appearances by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. More details after the jump.

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David Hasselhoff has become the latest actor to join Piranha 3DD, the sequel to last year’s Piranha 3D (which in turn was a remake of the 1978 film Piranha). The new cast looks just as enjoyably eclectic as the last one — in addition to returning stars Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, and Paul Scheer, 3DD will also feature Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Gary Busey (Point Break), Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), David Koechner (Anchorman) and Matt Bush (Adventureland).

Here’s the plot synopsis — not that the premise is terribly difficult to figure out:

There’s something in the water . . . again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park.

Piranha 3DD is currently shooting in Wilmington, NC under the direction of John Gulager (Feast). The film will open November 23, 2012. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump: A plagiarizer, an Italian bird scientist, and a host of Hollywood stars.

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‘Hop’ Trailer

In Hop, from Alvin and the Chipmunks director Tim Hill, Russell Brand voices a CGI version of the Easter bunny and James Marsden plays the human who gets stuck taking care of him. Well, it isn’t the Easter bunny exactly, but a young bunny who has been tapped to be the next global deliverer of eggs and candy. Close enough.

We’ve seen one teaser, which basically consisted of a CGI bunny playing drums, but now there is a full trailer. If you think you can be convinced that this idea is a good one, by all means press on to the point beyond the break. Read More »

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“Kung Fool!” In a casting decision undoubtedly made to set the Internet on fire, that guy David Hasselhoff will star in Beverly Hills Ninja 2, the sequel to Chris Farley’s 1997 contribution to the fat joke. Apparently the sequel will be a theatrical release from Sony. It wasn’t confirmed whether Hoff will play the titular throwing star handler. Mitchell Klebenoff, who scribed the original as well as the 1987 Fatboys’ pill party, Disorderlies, will shoot the film primarily in South Korea, where no mainstream Hollywood production has gone before. Excited?

David Spade didn’t co-star in the original Ninja (Chris Rock did the honor), but I’m killing two clipped birds with one dull stone. Spade will star in the would-be comedy, Divorced Guys, for director Fred Wolf, who’s coming off the Happy Madison sleeper hit The House Bunny. Wolf also wrote Joe Dirt, Black Sheep and Dirty Work (Norm, we need you). They co-wrote the script with actor-writer Kevin Farley, Chris Farley’s younger brother, and the plot centers on a “group of divorced guys who go on a road trip to figure out why their marriages failed and stumble into a series of comic mishaps.” Sounds like Wild Hogs humped today’s Hangover in the name of friendship.

via Variety