Hollywood seems to be all about adapting TV shows from the '70s and '80s into movies these days. Starsky & Hutch was turned into a movie. So were The Dukes of Hazzard, Miami Vice and The A-Team. We could go on, but you get the point. The one project that seems to keep stalling, though, is CHiPS, but that's now apparently been shifted into overdrive.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Warner Bros is getting serious about turning the popular television series that originally ran from 1977 through 1983 into a feature film. To that end, it has reportedly signed Dax Shepard to write, direct, produce and star in the movie about California Highway Patrol officers on motorcycles.
Shepard is set to play Officer Jon Baker (the part originally played by Larry Wilcox). Possessed of driving and riding skills, Shepard is apparently planning on performing his own stunts. Alongside him, Warner Bros has reportedly signed Michael Peña to play Frank Poncherello, the character known as Ponch and originally played by Erik Estrada (pictured above with actual CHP officers, getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).
The last time the project came up was when Wilmer Valderrama apparently walked into studio executive Greg Silverman's office dressed in a tight-fitting tan uniform and walked out with a deal. But the project languished after that. Now that it's back on the table, it's apparently going for a Bad Boys/Lethal Weapon vibe, combining action and comedy.