The 1980s TV classic Knight Rider is to receive a movie makeover with Furious 7 director James Wan among the producers.

The original David Hasselhoff-starring series ran on TV from 1982 to 1986 with Hasselhoff playing Michael Knight, "a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law".

Knight drove from one adventure - and romance - to another in his computerised supercar K.I.T.T., the Knight Industries Two Thousand, voiced by William Daniels.

The show spawned numerous spin-offs, including a shortlived Justin Bruening-starring reboot in 2008.

US entertainment trade website, which first reported the news of the film, says it understands that the big screen version "will be a present-day take that will maintain the anti-establishment tone of the original".

There are no details on a director or castings at present.

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