• Feb 8, 2008
Man, how time flies. The return of Knight Rider to the small screen happens in just nine days when a two-hour movie featuring a new Michael Knight and his talking, jumping, cloaking car airs February 17th on NBC. You'd think with such little time left that the movie itself would be finished and ready to go. Not so. A few weeks ago, Will Arnett, the chosen voice of KITT in the movie and upcoming series, was forced to back out because someone realized that he also did voiceover work for GMC. Being a professional grade voice for General Motors doesn't jive with playing KITT in a show that's sponsored by Ford, so the Arrested Development star vacated the role. His replacement: Val Kilmer. Wha?!?!?!

Doc Holliday? Ice Man? Nick Rivers? It's true. Kilmer's a pretty big star for the production to score on such short notice, but then again, Kilmer hasn't had a mainstream hit in a while. Still, why doesn't someone just bite the bullet and call William Daniels, the original voice of KITT who is also known for playing Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World? Admit it, Val Kilmer's synthesized pipes coming from KITT's tweeters will never live up to the high standard set by Daniels. But don't worry Val, we'd say the same thing about anyone they got for this job except for the original voice of KITT.

[Source: knightrideronline.com via Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, KITT was always a monotone voice, so just about anyone could do it, having a name that interests people doing the voice is more important then the voice itself. I hate to admit it, but I think I will give it a chance, though I will use the writers strike and nothing on TV as my excuse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What do you mean "I" are you Daniels in disguise? LOL ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of Val Kilmer, I actually liked his Batman...even if it was done better by Micheal Keaton. But after seeing Mr. Kilmer on a recent rerun of NUMBERS, I have to wonder why they built KITT. I mean, the poor guy looked like he needed his own wheels to move his (then?) portly body. Just put Mr. Kilmer in a shiney black suit, put some rollers under him and with the magic of the "green screen" he's ready to fight crime...with or without human assistance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "C'mon!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      car looks like the highlight of the show
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, does Val need work that bad?
      • 6 Years Ago
      no, just another meal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wanda Sykes would be a hysterical voice for KITT. Of course then, Applebee's probably couldn't be a sponsor....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let's give it a chance. It's not like there are many car tv show alternatives for us to watch. I'm sure it won't be as corny as the original, though I have great memories from it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1
      • 6 Years Ago
      Val Kilmer has had a successful career, so he can pick and choose his roles. "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" was fairly recent film that rocked. I suppose he just wanted to give something new a try.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kilmer's voice is not distinctive enough for this type of work. They'll probably process it so much we won't be able to recognize it, anyway. I'll bet William Daniels was approached for this project (how could he not be their first choice) but he probably declined. He is in his 80s and I'm sure he can afford to be picky about his projects these days. This show isn't gonna be the next Battlestar Galactica.
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