Knight Rider being rebooted by Justin Lin

  • 26/10/2016
David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider
David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider

Fast & Furious filmmaker Justin Lin is bringing Knight Rider back for a new series on digital network Machinima.

The reboot of the hit '80s show that featured a sentient talking car named KITT and David Hasselhoff is aiming to premiere in 2017.

"Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of AI and autonomous vehicles were science-fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact," says 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 reinvigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans."

Lin was behind four of the Fast & Furious films and more recently directed Star Trek Beyond. Other upcoming projects he has scheduled include a Jason Bourne sequel, Space Jam 2, Hot Wheels and a Shaolin Temple remake.

Knight Rider is the latest in a growing collection of live-action spinoff shows based on other TV shows and videogame franchises that Warner Bros-backed Machinima has produced.

It will join the likes of Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

Combined, those series have garnered more than 300 million views, says Machinima.