Justin Lin, the director behind the Fast and Furious franchise, is working with Machinima to bring back Knight Rider as a digital series.
The original Knight Rider premiered in 1982 on NBC and starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a crime fighter who was aided by his high-tech, artificially intelligent car KITT. The concept was revived for Team Knight Rider and a short-lived reboot starring Justin Bruening as Knight’s son in 2008.
British comic fans will recall the success of the original Knight Rider here in the UK in the 1980s, broadcast by ITV, and the popular Look-In strip, featuring art by Barrie Mitchell (among others).
“Knight Rider is an iconic franchise whose concepts of artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles were science fiction in the 1980s and are now science fact,” said Machinima’s 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 re-invigorating Knight Rider for a new generation of fans.”
Lin is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious 3–6 and Star Trek Beyond and is working on Space Jam 2 and Hot Wheels.
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• Knight Rider Online
The oldest Knight Rider fan site
Devoted to the 2008 Knight Rider show
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.