In this day and age, where seemingly every TV show is being rebooted for the modern age, it's surprising that there hasn't been a successful Knight Rider reboot. NBC tried back in 2008, but that only lasted one season, and didn't have original star David Hasseloff involved in the project. While promoting his new film Killing Hasselhoff, which is available on DVD and Digital HD formats, the actor reveals that there may actually be hope for a Knight Rider TV reboot on Netflix. Here's what he had to say about the possibility of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director James Gunn potentially being involved, when it was being discussed as a movie reboot.
"You know, I don't have the guts to say, 'Hey James, lets do this movie, put me in as Zardu Hasselfrau in the next Guardians.' I won't do it, I just won't. I'll never do it. I'll wait, and if it happens, it happens. Knight Rider, I mentioned it to him. I said I was at El Rey, talking to (Robert) Rodriguez, saying Knight Rider comes back, he's pissed off, you know, it's dark. And, the next two or three months later, I get a call, saying 'Let's have some lunch' and 'I can't get this out of my head,' about the conversation that we had. When we go to make the release of the (Guardians Inferno) video last week, he goes, 'Well I'm not doing Knight Rider. I can't. The rights are with this company I can't work with. I'm not doing it.'"
The Hoff made these revelations while promoting the Universal Pictures Home Entertainment movie Killing Hasselhoff. We reported in October that there was a Knight Rider reboot coming to Machinima sometime this year, from director Justin Lin, but there have been no updates on this potential project at this time, and it isn't known if it's still moving forward. However, David Hasselhoff went on to reveal that this Knight Rider TV reboot may actually happen on Netflix now. Here's what the actor had to say about his conversations with James Gunn about turning the movie reboot into a TV reboot.
"He said, 'You know, I just really wanted to do it dark and put it on Netflix. And I'm going, 'Gee, I wonder where that idea came from.' I didn't say anything, but then I said 'The company you're talking about owns the movie rights, but they don't own the TV rights.' He takes out his phone, and now, game on. And now, I've already spoken to them. I've spoken to Netflix and I've spoken to Universal, and we'll see. If it happens, you'll probably hear me scream all the way from Calabasas, because that's my dream."
The news of this TV reboot comes just after reports that a Knight Rider movie is in the works, with John Cena and Kevin Hart reportedly being eyed to star. The project, which comes from The Weinstein Company, is said to be in the same vein as the 21 Jump Street movies, which essentially spoofed the original series. If this does come together, then John Cena will star as Michael Knight, David Hasselhoff's character from the original series, with Kevin Hart lending his voice to the iconic talking car K.I.T.T. It certainly wouldn't be surprising to see a Knight Rider reboot happen on Netflix, since the streaming service is responsible for bringing back several iconic TV shows such as Full House, One Day at a Time and many more. It remains unclear if this reboot will actually see the light of day, but it certainly seems promising at this point. This news comes shortly after the David Hasselhoff cameo helped save the Baywatch reboot from completely bombing at the box office. Take a look at our exclusive video with David Hasselhoff, where he discusses this potential Netflix reboot of Knight Rider.