Well, there is obvious casting out there and there is really obvious casting. Taking the form of the latter is Vin Diesel, who looks to be lined up to play the one role that people most recognize Telly Savalas for: Kojak. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, in case you felt Hollywood was abandoning its policy on adapting and rebooting old movies and TV shows, you can rest easy. Universal Studios is behind this and not only are they bringing in Vin Diesel, but they have a couple of Bond writers as well.
Now besides the obvious reason for Vin Diesel being and obvious choice (bald head), I also think he is a good choice given the character’s tough but sensitive, bend the rules to get his man character that Police Lieutenant Theo Kojack was. Diesel has proven before that he is more than just some action star gear head (watch the Boiler Room or Find Me Guilty for further proof on that) and playing this character should be a slam dunk for him. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I can see Diesel also pulling off sucking on those lollipops and saying “who loves ya baby”, with aplomb.
Universal has also brought in Neil Purvis and Robert Wade to write the script. Who are they? Well they were also responsible for helping write Casino Royale, Skyfall and Quantum of Solace… 2 out of the 3 are pretty good. The word on the street is the Kojak movie will be modernized. I think that’s a mistake as it would be cooler to see this movie set in the 70’s, as the TV show was, but it is what it is.
No word on a director, start date etc, but I’ll take a Kojak movie, just please make sure to leave a Barney Miller movie on the shelf, ok?