We live in an age of reheated TV dinners on the big screen. We’re months away from hitting the beach with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron as the 80s TV series Baywatch, and a new TV series based on David Hasslehoff’s other 80s hit Knight Rider. We’ve seen Starsky & Hutch and The Dukes Of Hazzard up on the big screen and now Warner Bros. have delivered the first look at CHiPS – the movie…
Some of us are old enough to remember the weekly tales of the California Highway Patrol. The show initially ran in the late 70s and starred Erik Estrada as Officer “Ponch” Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as “Jon” Andrew Baker. Estrada in particular was a breakout star of the series, and is still well remembered as a pop culture figure. The pair also tried to resurrect the series themselves with CHiPs ’99.
The remake stars Michael Pena and his co-star Dax Shepard, who also wrote and directed the film. The film also stars are Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell and Vincent D’Onofrio. The first trailer for the film was released today and it gives a good idea of the tone Shepard and Co. are going for. The series was a light-hearted jaunt through the sun blasted Californian sun, and the new film looks to continue the silliness alongside some big screen action. This is the traditional formula for nostalgia based revivals, as the target audience and newcomers need to be catered for.
CHiPS Movie Trailer
CHiPS Movie Synopsis
Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP.
The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.