David Hasselhoff, affectionately known as “The Hoff,” has been reportedly pressurizing Director Robert Rodriguez to make a Logan style Knight Rider film. We are all aware Hasselhoff as the masculine stud who led Baywatch lifeguard crew, a series that had an astonishingly successful run on TV networks globally during the 1990s. His fan base is huge, and he has a rock star cult following in Germany.
The Knight Rider featured Hasselhoff as Michael Knight – a law keeper who fought the criminals with his AI car called KITT. It was a successful action drama which was aired by NBC-TV from 1982 to 1986. Hasselhoff later did the same role in the telefilm Knight Rider 2000 aired in 1991 and was also seen in an episode of the Knight Rider revival series which had an 18 episode run on NBC in 2008-09. Seems like he hasn’t yet gotten out of his KITT car yet. Rather, we hear that he has been trying to revive the story and wants it to be made as big as this year’s biggest and most powerful superhero film.
He had spoken to Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn and recently discussed the same with Rodriguez while sharing with him his concept of the movie ‘Michael Knight and KITT.’ This is what ‘The Hoff’ had to say about it:
“I have met Robert Rodriguez. He does Dusk til Dawn and Machete. And I said ‘You need to do Knight Rider.’ Because he was doing a marathon of Knight Riders and he said ‘Can we have a selfie!?’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t want a selfie! I want to do the movie! I want to shoot the TV series! I want to bring it back and make it dark! Michael Knight comes back and he’s pissed.’ … I hope it happens, and if it does, it’ll be kind of like Logan. It will be dark. Hasselhoff as Michael Knight in 2017. Knight Rider. The saga continues.”
Although Hasselhoff has been indulging in a lot of self-parodies over the last many years, his vision of the film is much more than just off the cuff ramblings. Rodriguez has a reputation for untamed action and spooky movies, thus, it might very well be that Hasselhoff has at least got the right man to hear him out.
While a Knight Rider film might appear to be an unrealistic concept, Hasselhoff’s fan appeal is still quite sizeable, and every time he comes on screen, he is loved by his vast fan following. He was easily the main attraction of the disappointing Baywatch film. Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and other actors seemed to be doing a TV series kind of performance while Hoff was the one who looked entirely into his role. His short cameo Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was hilarious and his part “Guardians Inferno” music video which was featured in Vol. 2 was also thoroughly entertaining.
The biggest challenge for Hasselhoff in giving a Logan feel to a Knight Rider film is that such a storyline would have no scope for humor, which undoubtedly has been his biggest selling point at this stage of his career. This makes the whole proposition a lot less realistic. In any case, we must appreciate his desire to rehash things and to be creative in working up an R-rated plot for Knight Rider. The best bet for us fans though will be to see him bagging a bigger role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.