Dax Shepard Making 'CHiPS' Movie for Warner Bros.
Gentlemen, start your engines
Dax Shepard is getting behind the wheel of CHiPS.
The actor will write, star and direct a film version of the NBC TV series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Michael Pena will co-star in the adaption of the show, which centered on two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. Deadline first reported the news.
Shepard is on board to play Jon Baker, the by-the-book officer played by Larry Wilcox in the TV show. Pena will play Frank Poncherello, Baker's wild partner, who was played by Erik Estrada in the show.
Shepard's Primate Pictures is producing, along with Andrew Panay. CHiPS TV series creator Rick Rosner will executive produce, and Jesse Ehrman and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee for Warner Bros.
CHiPS ran for 139 episodes over six seasons from 1977 to 1983.
Borys Kit contributed reporting.