David Hasselhoff wants to return as an older, darker, more Logan-like Knight Rider

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:35 AM EDT (Updated)

Knight Rider rides again? David Hasselhoff sure hopes so. The actor, who made his name playing Michael Knight in the 1980s action series, has said that he wants to return to the role, Logan-style. Earlier this year, Hugh Jackman returned to the X-Men universe in Logan, where he played his signature role (aka Wolverine) as an aged, crotchety, dying man.

Hasselhoff recently spoke to CinemaBlend about meeting with director Robert Rodriguez, a fan of Knight Rider:

"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."

Hasselhoff kind of rambles a bit in this quote, but what I can gather is that he met Robert Rodriguez at some point, and wants the director to relaunch Knight Rider. The meeting with Rodriguez probably took place a year ago (according to a tweet from Rodriguez) so I assume the desire to make it Logan-esque came later.

Knight Rider ran from 1982-1986 on NBC. Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, a former police detective who, after an accident, changes his identity and becomes a crime fighter working with KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), a nearly indestructible, high-tech Trans Am with artificial intelligence. There have been multiple telefilms, spin-off series, and reboots, most recently the single-season run on NBC in 2007. Recently, Machinima announced plans for a reboot web series of the show produced by Justin Lin (The Fast & The Furious franchise). The series is supposed to premiere by the end of this year, and Hasselhoff has said that he will be involved. But apparently that didn't stop him from separately pitching a Knight Rider movie to both Rodriguez and Guardians of the Galaxy director, James Gunn.

Can you see Knight Rider getting the Logan treatment? Is that the way to go for a TV show known for its silliness? Let us know in the comments below!