Justin Lin Developing 'Knight Rider' Digital Reboot
The digital series is being produced with NBCUniversal, Machinima and Lin's YouTube channel YOMYOMF.
Knight Rider is getting a reboot.
Justin Lin is reviving the 1980s classic via his YOMYOMF online brand in partnership with gaming-centric digital studio Machinima and NBCUniversal Brand Development.
Knight Rider, which premiered in 1982 on NBC, starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a crime fighter who was aided by his high-tech, artificially intelligent car KITT. It ran for four seasons and spawned several spinoffs and sequels.
YOMYOMF, the YouTube channel that Lin helped to found in 2012, will produce along with Lin, who will next direct Space Jam 2 and Hot Wheels. The series is being eyed for a 2017 release.
"Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact," said Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein. "Justin is one of the leading storytellers of his generation and we couldn’t be more excited to work with him on re-invigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans."
Knight Rider will be the latest in a growing number of longform, live-action series that Machinima has brought to digital screens, including Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.