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Knight Rider (2008)
Character: Carrie Rivai
Production Status: Completed
Directed by: Steve Shill
Written by: David Andron, Glen A. Larson
Selected Cast: Val Kilmer (voice), Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo
Release Date: February 17, 2008
MPAA Rating: n/a
This two-hour movie event, based on the iconic 1980′s hit television series, stars Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Bruce Davison. In addition, David Hasselhoff – who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series’ run, returns as the same character during a special guest-star appearance.
As the original story resumes, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body — thanks to its creator’s work and nanotechnology – is capable of actually shifting shape and color. Plus, its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal good cop partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car – and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it.
Trivia and Facts
• If the TV movie is successful, it’s rumored that it will be a relaunching vehicle (no pun intended) to a remake of the series.
• MostQuotes are from the Knight Rider Online interview with Sydney.
• On the 1980s Knight Rider
“My sister and I used to watch it. I mean, who wasn’t?” [laughs] “Who didn’t watch it in the 80s? That was the thing to watch.”
• “I just got a call about it from my representative, and he said “Do you want to go in and read for Knight Rider?” At first I was like “Really? I don’t know, that’s a tough one to touch. How’s it going to work out?” Sometimes it’s tricky when you redo these things because the originals were so special in their own way and cool. They have such a loyal following of fans. Are you really going to be able to please them? I don’t know. But then I read the script and Dave Andron did a really great script. And it was just really true to the original and supercool, but sort of takes everything to another level. So I thought “All right, I’ll go in” and I went in and auditioned and went through the whole process of auditioning, which in TV is kind of long and arduous sometimes.”
• “I think that times have drastically changed since back then, and it’s a lot hipper and more true to the way the world works now to have strong women and interesting characters. I think it affords to more sexual tension and things between characters.”
• On the new movie
“It’s more provocative than it was back then.”
• “I play Carrie Rivai, she’s an FBI agent, and she has a very strong sense of what’s right and wrong. When she’s working, she’s all business. She’s very tough and very strong. But she also has a real sense of fun. She enjoys herself, and she’s a surfer, and she’s kind of a no-nonsense grounded down-to-earth kind of girl.”
• “There was no hardcore training but I think if it does go to series there may be a little bit more of that. In the pilot, my character has a little bit of fighting to do but nothing too complicated. So we did do some stunts, a couple days of coordinating that partcular fight. Justin did a lot more because he had a lot more fight stuff.”
• “It doesn’t reveal that in the script initially, what the connection between Charles and Rivai is. But they know each other very well, and she definitely cares for him. And she makes sure that they find out what happens to him and try to get him back safely. It is absolutely her number one priority.”
• “Initially my character was a lesbian, and then I think they’re planning on making her bi, so it kind of opens up the possibilities. So there could be something happening. At least that’s what they said, but I couldn’t tell if they were kidding or not.” [laughs] “So there’s definitely a possibility. Nothing exists in the pilot. Mike’s romantic interest is Sarah. So who knows what will happen down the line.”
• “Everybody is fantastic. The producers just did a really great job of putting together a group of people that are like-minded and very down-to-earth cool people that just want to do good work and have a good time. From the crew, to the other actors, to the higher-ups: the producers, everybody’s fantastic.”
• “I hope that you get to see a little bit more of her personal side. In the pilot it’s all business. It’s just down to business. We only see her in a professional setting, with the exception of the opening scene. So it would be nice to kind of get to know her as a person more because I think as a person she’s a lot different than she is as an FBI agent. And hopefully she’ll get to do a little bit more driving and fighting and fun stuff.”
• “Even though it is a TV movie at the moment, they do have the option to turn it into a series so everybody had to sign a series deal, so you sort of commit to the length of the series. Which is usually six years, if they do decide to do it. Which is a big commitment, and kind of scary. But once you shoot the pilot and see how everybody is supercool, you’re having a good time and it seems less daunting. Other than that initial going into it.”