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Teaser Airs For 2008 ‘Knight Rider’ TV Series Return; New KITT Voiced By Val Kilmer

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A 15-second teaser was just shown on NBC for a new “Knight RiderTV series that will debut on NBC on Feb. 17, 2008. This is not to be confused with the 2010 “Knight Rider” film that will hit theaters. The video is below.


While Will Arnett (NBC’s “30 Rock,” “Blades of Glory”) was originally selected to voice KITT, a “carmaker conflict” led NBC to hire Val Kilmer instead, according to a Chicago Tribune article on Feb. 11, 2008 that cited Variety. The following is from the official statement on this film:

“Knight Rider” stars Justin Bruening (“Cold Case,” “All My Children”), Deanna Russo (“NCIS,” “The Young and the Restless”), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (“Veronica Mars,” “Grindhouse”) and Bruce Davison (“Breach,” “Close to Home”).

David Hasselhoff (NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”) – who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series – returns as the same character in a special guest-star appearance.

The new KITT car will have some “Transformers”-like shape-shifting abilities. The story’s scientific explanation is “nanotechnology”.

The KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) car in the new Knight Rider
The KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) car in the new “Knight Rider”.
Photo credit: AICN

The KITT car in the new Knight Rider
The KITT car in the new “Knight Rider”.
Photo credit: AICN

Justin Bruening (pictured here) plays Mike Tracer (Michael Knight’s son) in the new Knight Rider
Justin Bruening (pictured here) plays Mike Tracer
(Michael Knight’s son) in the new “Knight Rider”.
Photo credit: AICN

From left to right: Deanna Russo, Justin Bruening, Bruce Davison and Sydney Tamiia Poitier
From left to right: Deanna Russo, Justin Bruening
Bruce Davison and Sydney Tamiia Poitier.
Photo credit: AICN

More pictures of the new KITT car and the film’s cast can be found here.

Dustin's picture

Sweet

Will Arnett is funny.

Scott's picture

Wil Arnett????

Thought that the credits said “Val Kilmer”. You can also find that listed here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1114258/

HollywoodChicago.com's picture

Confirmed: Val Kilmer has replaced Will Arnett as KITT's voice

I have confirmed (source) that Val Kilmer has replaced Will Arnett as KITT’s voice and updated this article to reflect the change.

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