There are a great deal of television series adapted for the big screen. Dark Shadows is one of the latest projects to undergo that transformation, while others such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and more are all currently trying to go the same route. Now, it seems a classic crime series will also be headed to theaters, as Universal Pictures has unveiled plans to bring a role originated by James Garner back to life.
Deadline reports that Universal has currently hired David Levien and Brian Koppelman to adapt The Rockford Files, with Vince Vaughn producing under his Wild West Picture Show Productions. The film is being made into a vehicle for Vaughn to star as well as the titular detective, who originally comes from the television series of the same name that ran on NBC from 1974-1980.
The premise of the old series was ”Rockford was a private eye who’d spent a few years in San Quentin before being pardoned. He worked and lived out of a mobile home near the beach in Malibu, and unlike most of his TV detective peers, he dressed disheveled, and mostly used his charm and guile to talk his way out of trouble, instead of shooting.”
This would most likely begin shooting after Vaughn’s recently announced reunion with Owen Wilson in the comedy The Internship, over at 20th Century Fox. However, no production window or release date has yet been revealed, and could be awhile until it actually takes off. But, if turned crime revivals into feature films are any indication of success, 21 Jump Streethas certainly proved that it’s extremely capable.