CATEGORIES Movie NewsBad news for "Lost" fans hoping Sawyer (Josh Holloway) would take over the role of classic TV gumshoe Jim Rockford. Deadline.com reports that Universal Pictures is now developing the '70s series as a big-screen vehicle for funnyman Vince Vaughn.
The original show, which ran from 1974-1980, starred James Garner as an ex-con who solved crimes out of his mobile home in Malibu. After a recent attempt by NBC to reboot it with Dermot Mulroney in the lead fizzled (According to Vulture "The pilot [was] so bad that it seemed like a crime."), Holloway's name came up as a viable replacement.
It's not clear whether Vaughn's version of "The Rockford Files" would go the jokey, tongue-in-cheek route of other '70s-shows-turned-movies like "Starsky and Hutch," or strive to be a straightforward crime drama that happens to have a clever wisecracking lead, like the original series.
David Levien and Brian Koppelman have been hired to write the script and Vince and Victoria Vaughn will produce through their Universal-based Wild West Picture Show Productions banner.
You can read more about "The Rockford Files" reboot over on Deadline.