Mustang will drive


NBC's two-hour "Knight Rider" movie/back-door pilot will premiere Feb. 17 with the Ford Mustang starring as Knight's vehicle KITT.

Will Arnett has been tapped to voice the new-generation AI-enhanced car, a customized Ford Mustang that NBC unveiled Wednesday at its Burbank studios.

"Rider," from Universal and Dutch Oven, is a sequel to the hit 1980s series, which centers on Michael Knight's son (Justin Bruening).

David Hasselhoff, who played Knight in the original series, will reprise his role in a special guest appearance. Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Bruce Davison co-star. If the movie does well, NBC is expected to bring it back as a series next season.

The three cars to be employed in "Rider" include the KITT Hero, a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that is playing the part of the everyday car with 540 horsepower; the KITT Attack, a super high-speed version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Hero car that transforms into attack mode with the help of air-ride technology and specialized body parts; and a KITT Remote, a driverless Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR version of the vehicle.

Financial terms of NBC's deal with Ford were not disclosed.