You may have never actually seen an episode of the James Garner-starring television series The Rockford Files, but it seems highly likely you’re at least familiar with the title, as the seventies (and briefly eighties) series is a mainstay of syndicated television. Perhaps the next time you see it pop up on your TV guide (or, sure, your TV Guide, if you’re feeling old school), you’ll give it a watch, safe in the knowledge that it will soon be remade for the big screen and a modern audience. Know your source material, guys!
Vince Vaughn has been attached to star in the cinematic version of the show for a while now, and he will also produce the project through his own Wild West Picture Show Productions banner. But although Vaughn’s attachment has been secure, it seems that the film’s script – first penned by David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen) and Brian Koppelman (yes, also Ocean’s Thirteen, they’re a bit of a duo) – needed some new blood.
Deadline now reports that it’s got it, in the form of author Chuck Hogan. Hogan is best known for penning the source material for Ben Affleck’s The Town (it was taken from Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves), but he’s getting into the movie and TV game on his own. In addition to reworking the Rockford Files script, he’s also collaborating with Guillermo del Toro on The Strain over at FX and adapting someone else’s book for the big screen (that would be Mitchell Zuckoff’s take on what really happened in Benghazi). Hogan knows a thing or two about crime, and for a movie about a P.I. who solves crime, he sounds like an obvious fit.
If you’ve still not found an episode of The Rockford Files to watch while reading this – really? Look harder! They are always on! – here’s a brief rundown of the crime show. James Garner starred in the original series as the eponymous Rockford, a private eye who had (gasp) done time in San Quentin. Released back into the world, ol’ Jim Rockford set about doing things his way. He got a trailer in Malibu! He dressed how he wanted! He solved cases by smooth talking! Does this sound like a solid Vaughn role or what?
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