Gamer and fandom-focused digital network Machinima announced today that it is partnering with YOMYOMF — an aggregated YouTube channel, digital media company, and blog that stands for ‘You Offend Me, You Offend My Family’ — as well as director Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious 6) and NBCUniversal to launch a digital reboot of the 80s hit TV series Knight Rider.
The new digital series, to be produced by Lin and YOMYOMF — an Asian American pop culture channel directed by Lin and also featuring YouTube stars Ryan Higa, Kevin Wu, and Chester See — is slated to debut in 2017. Originally starring David Hasselhoff and airing for four seasons on NBC, Knight Rider tells the story of Michael Knight, a crime fighter who is aided on his quest for justice by a high-tech car.
“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 CEO Chad Gutstein in a statement. “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.”
The Knight Rider reboot joins other live action series that Machinima has sought to produce based on existing TV and video game franchises, including Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist and Street Fighter: Resurrection, and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. All told, Machinima says, these series have garnered more than 300 million views.