Vin Diesel Wants Ang Lee for ‘Kojak’


One year after Vin Diesel signed on for the title role, Universal’s Kojak has yet to find a director. But its outspoken lead has some ideas about whom he’d eventually like to see in the director’s chair.

Diesel has hinted that Ang Lee is his top pick to helm the TV adaptation, though it’s unclear at this point how the filmmaker feels about the project. Hit the jump to see what Diesel had to say.

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Kojak was a big presence on TV in the ’70s, with Telly Savalas starring as the title detective from ’73 to ’78. Savalas anchored the show with strength and a rakish charm, sucking on lollipops, spouting the catchphrase “Who loves ya, baby?,” and solving crime in the middle of what might have been New York’s worst decade for crime.

Now Kojak may be reborn as a film project, as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked on several James Bond scripts up to and including Skyfall, have been hired to write a feature version of the character. Given that Kojak’s bald pate was among his most significant physical characteristics, it isn’t much of a surprise to hear that Vin Diesel has been attached to play the role. Read More »