Click to viewDisappointed in the TV movie revamp of Knight Rider that aired earlier this year? You weren't the only one; Gary Scott Thompson, the executive producer of the new series that spins out of that backdoor pilot, feels your pain, and he has some ideas about how to make the new new version of the show work for the 21st century.

We've already told you that Mike Tracer will be an Iraq War vet in the new series, but that's not the only way in which reality will invade the next generation of Knight Rider, as Thompson explains:

The world has changed completely... We live in a world where two wars are going on, and there is terrorism. It's not as simple as it was in the early '80s, when you just go and get the drug dealer down the street. There is a much larger threat out there.


Yes, that's right; this time around, Mike and his transforming car will shun the war on drugs for the war on terror, which is apparently much less simple and infinitely more relevant. Here's hoping that Knight Industries will end up being less vaguely defined as Bionic Woman's Berkut Group, which also seemed to include "fighting terrorism" alongside "rebuilding women in terrible traffic accidents" in its increasingly broad charter. But that's not the only way in which Thompson plans to draw in the new generation:

I went back and watched the original series, the first season, and asked, 'What's the mythology? Where are we going, and how do we create this 25 years later?' It's been all about taking the concept to the next level... [At the Knight Rider Comic-Con panel,] we were in the room when the car transformed, and the kids went crazy. I think we are doing the right thing.

Yeah! Those kids love those transforming cars! Awesome!

Luckily, there is one area where Thompson has things right:

I was brought in after the movie to create the series, but what I found was that fans missed certain things — like the turbo boost and the interaction [between Mike, played by Justin Bruening, and K.I.T.T., voiced by Val Kilmer].


Yes. Scrap terrorist fighting, scrap transforming. Just give us turbo boost and caustic cars nannying their drivers and you've got all the ingredients you need for a successful Rider.

The new series debuts on NBC on September 24th.

Knight Races On New Course [SciFi Wire]