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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CHiPs to be adapted into a movie

Old-timer TV-holics may remember the TV show "CHiPs" well now theyre making a movie adaptation of it. The project has recently been greenlit, with Dax Shepard and Michael Peña to star. [hit the jump to continue]

In an interview with Collider, Peña revealed some things about the project. He said;
"I had to start learning how to ride a motorcycle, rehearsing, and then working out. I’ve been throwing up like every day after workouts. I like food, you know? And I also like reading, being on my iPad, no walks in the park; just chilling with my son. We just lounge and this [gestures to stomach] gets bigger."
He also revealed that the movie would be set in the present day, and reiterated Shepard’s earlier statement that the film would be in the vein of Lethal Weapon. Specifically, don’t expect a comedy that’s barraging you with jokes:

"It’s more like a Lethal Weapon where there’s a lot of action and what we wanted to do is if there’s any comedy that we do, it’s not like one-liners here and there, like we’re the guys always being stand-up comedians. It’s almost like you lose a little bit of the plotline whenever you’re off doing your own comedy thing, so we’re focusing a little more on the plot, if that makes any sense whatsoever."

The film would be aiming for an R-rating and Peña also noted that the film will co-star Vincent D’Onofrio and that they’re trying to get Kristen Bell (who’s married to Shepard) for a role.

The original CHiPs TV series ran from the late 70's till early 80's and featured its two main characters  Erik Estrada as macho, rambunctious Officer Francis ("Frank") Llewellyn "Ponch" Poncherello and Larry Wilcox as his straitlaced partner, Officer Jonathan "Jon" Baker. Both are motorcycle police officers of the California Highway Patrol. The series was a lightweight action crime melodrama, which included elements of comedy in every episode. A typical episode would start with Ponch and Jon on routine patrol or being assigned to an interesting beat, such as Malibu or the Sunset Strip. In roll call briefing, Sgt. Getraer would alert his officers to be on the lookout for a particular criminal operation, such as people staging accidents as part of an insurance scam or punks breaking into cars. A few interesting, unrelated vignettes often transpired during the course of "routine" traffic enforcement.

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