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.


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      Rex Seven
      • 3 Months Ago

      I think the retro thing in movies is due to the audience and film makers tastes.  I have seen so many movies that people rant over, but it's just a whole bunch of special effects covering thin plots and bad characters.  If they do a remake of something they don't have to think of stories and characters.  Much of the audience doesn't care any way.  Give them explosions and they will bring their cash.


      At least the retro design craze for cars has pretty well worn down for now.  We just have the Camaro and Challenger left for retro styled cars.

      rcavaretti
      • 3 Months Ago

      No.  It was a TV show.  Leave it as such.

      charles
      • 3 Months Ago

      I'm looking forward to the part of the movie where they're beating mentally ill old ladies on the side of the road.

      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Months Ago

      hollywood is out of ideas.

      bootsnchaps60
      • 3 Months Ago

      Chips was at best a rather corny buddies ridin to the rescue show that was a pleasant diversion on Sat. night. Best to leave it alone rather than reboot/refocus/etc. a thin premise to begin with by throwing in CGI and lots of explosions and car crashes. While they're at it, why not cast the leads as women since that's an other fad.

      Stinkyboy
      • 3 Months Ago

      Eric Estrada Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

      Beardinals
      • 3 Months Ago

      Where's the Bionic Man? (inflation prevents 6 Million Dollar Man from being a relevant title or dollar amount for the upgrades).

      jebibudala
      • 3 Months Ago

      I LOVED watching CHiPs growing up.  Great memories of those so called 25mph high speed chases in heavy SoCal traffic.

      Jim R
      • 3 Months Ago
      I will watch this movie knowing in advance it'll probably suck.  It'll be worth it though if Erik Estrada has a cameo.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 3 Months Ago

      Chips was a really crappy show to begin with.  In any event, modern cop shows like CSI, 24, etc, really blow the old corny shows out of the water. The golden age of TV is now. Forget the old time garbage.

      TIMMAH!
      • 3 Months Ago

      Of course half the fun of watching the TV show was identifying the obvious budget junker car mixed in with the freeway "traffic" that was going to suddenly have an accident and do barrel rolls in the air.

      Let the vintage car flipping begin! 

      Lab Rat
      • 3 Months Ago

      Chief Estrada?

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