Director Justin Lin (Star Trek BeyondFast and the Furious franchise) will spearhead a production of 80s classic Knight Rider, which starred talking car KITT and his driver.


The series will air on digital network Machinima with a potential 2017 launch. The original show starred David Hasselhof and lasted four seasons on NBC from 1982-1986, and had a brief one season reboot in 2008.

Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of A.I. and autonomous vehicles were science-fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” said Chad Gutstein, CEO of Machinima. “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.”

Machinima has previously done many live-action series based on popular franchises, including Battlestar Galactica: Blood & ChromeMortal Kombat: Legacy and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, among others. Warner Bros. backs the studio and is a lead investor in the service, and hopes to gather full control of Machinima in negotiations. Machinima was one of the first YouTube multichannel networks and specialized in sci-fi and gaming culture. Its other owners include Google, MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures, Coffin Capital, and the company’s founder Allen DeBevoise.


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