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TJ Hooker Getting Movie Reboot (Really!) – Will Shatner Be In That? July 5, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Shatner , trackback

It appears that another classic TV show starring William Shatner is headed for a big screen reboot, this time it is TJ Hooker…and no that is not a joke. Today Variety reported that the classic 80s cop show is being remade as an action comedy. No word yet on if any of the original show stars will return, but there is a potential part for Shatner.   

 
TJ Hooker: The Motion Picture
The original TJ Hooker TV show ran for five seasons starting in 1982. Shatner starred as veteran police sergeant T.J. Hooker, and the cast also included Adrian Zmed, Heather Locklear and Richard Herd. The new feature film will be an ‘action comedy’, which is the same thing that was done with 2004 film Starsky & Hutch, which was an action comedy based on the 70s cop show. That film featured cameos from the original show stars, but no word yet on if Shatner, Zmed, Lockear or Herd will be in this new film. Variety reports the new TJ Hooker film film (being written by the writing team behind the Tremors movies) will focus on TJ Hooker and his father, so Shat seems a natural for that part (the dad). More details at Variety.

Hood Jumping!
One thing that they must do, is jump on hoods. On TJ Hooker, Shatner was constantly jumping on cars, planes, buses, pretty much anything that moved. In fact he parodied this in a 1986 SNL skit and in the 2002 action cop comedy Showtime, starring Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy. Here is a scene where Shat shows his hood jumping skills.

Showtime – Hood Jumping | Movies & TV | SPIKE.com

Comments

1. Trekkie626 - July 5, 2009

The Shat needs to be in at least 1 reboot movie!

2. Alf, in pog form - July 5, 2009

I believe that they offered the role to Leonard Nimoy first.

3. ken1w - July 5, 2009

I must say that I never watched TJ Hooker. I did not realize it was on for FIVE seasons; that’s two more that TOS. I suppose William Shatner should be better known for playing TJ Hooker than JT Kirk.

4. Elliot - July 6, 2009

It’s not the length of the series, it’s the quality of the content in said series

5. MDSHiPMN - July 6, 2009

3

T.J. Hooker wasn’t in seven movies.

Let’s hope he never is.

6. Johnny Kulas - July 6, 2009

uhhh…

Oh god….

Not that i watched it much but really….

LEMME GUESS ITS AN ALTERNATE REALITY/TIME LINE!

7. Dr_Beckett - July 6, 2009

I think Chris Pine would be awesome as TJ. ;-)

8. moonwalker - July 6, 2009

T.J. Hooker the movie starring Chris Pine as T.J. Shat would S#@t

9. Daoud - July 6, 2009

“Action comedy movie” take on an old cop show. I think this was done with “Dragnet” and that didn’t turn out so well.

If they do it in the vein of “Lethal Weapon”‘s form of action comedy, this could work. Just have Heather Locklear reprise Stacy Sheridan, with Nicole Eggert reprising TJ’s daughter Chrissie Hooker as her partner… and that’ll work.

10. Keep the Faith - July 6, 2009

Will everyone be upset if they change the design of his patrol car ?

11. S. John Ross - July 6, 2009

#10: Hell yes. And if there’s no Shat we’ll boycott! And Heather Locklear needs a cameo too …

But honestly … can anyone ever REALLY replace Adrian Zmed? I mean he’s the best there ever was at … at …

Can anyone ever REALLY replace him? I ask you.

12. Jeffrey S. Nelson - July 6, 2009

Sounds like a good idea. Yeah, if Chris Pine played T.J. to Shat as his father, that would be a hoot. A hoot with a capital “H.” That’s what that would be!

13. Logan - July 6, 2009

I think the season 3 TJ Hooker opening was better, since it included Heather dancing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bzu2cCRf3fc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HRSr8QuMxQ

14. Sebi - July 6, 2009

Man… a TJ Hooker movie? Sorry but april fools day was 3 months ago.

That’s seriously wrong…

15. Al - July 6, 2009

Shat prime!

16. Rod of Rassilon - July 6, 2009

Kirk died in a movie

Khan Died in a movie

TJ Hooker LIVES!

so there is no reason that the Shat can’t be in this.

just PLEASE none of the usual suspects like the collection of useless pricks that are Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson or Jack Black.

keep them the hell away from it.

I like the idea of a lethal weapon style “comedy” though.

17. ilkers - July 6, 2009

The Shat should be in it.
and in the scenario TJ should go and see Star Trek 2009 with an old fling of him :)

18. RTC - July 6, 2009

It won’t happen, but I kinda like the idea of Chris Pine as TJ, especially given his father’s ‘TV cop’ background.

19. captain_neill - July 6, 2009

no one else can be TJ other than Shatner, just like no one else can be Kirk other than Shatner.

Other people can play them well but we prefer the originals. Pine was excellent as a different Kirk but I still prefer Shatner as Kirk.

Here’s hoping Shatner appears in this one.

20. Ryan C - July 6, 2009

Though there has been prior speculation, Hollywood is now officially out of ideas. But I *can’t wait* until the “Scarecrow and Mrs. KIng” remake.

21. Jim Smith - July 6, 2009

Well, obviously Shatner can only be in TJ Hooker if it’s integral to the story.. <>

22. Jim Smith - July 6, 2009

Doesn’t Zmed look like Hayden Christiansen? Or rather vice versa.

23. Ryan C - July 6, 2009

No need to write Shatner into the story. Just book-end the film with song and dance numbers by The Shat. note: In this scenario he still bitches about not being in the movie.

24. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

I can see Stiller being the new Hooker…(comedy…..right age….huge trekkie/shat fan….did Starsky and Hutch)…looks like he’ll have to dust off the starsky fro once again

if mean who else they gonna call on for an action comedy with star trek undertones other than stiller? Tim Allen?

Shatner will undoubtedly play Hookers father or the police chief

25. RedShirtWalking - July 6, 2009

Don’t forget about James Darren! He was a regular on Hooker for several seasons playing Heather Locklear’s partner well before he was Vic Fontaine on DS9.

26. Frank - July 6, 2009

Two words…Hood Riding!

27. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

Oh wait Will Ferrel gotta be in with a shot too…prob more likely be him as Stiller already Starsky 2.0 – be a bit much being Hooker too. plus Ferrel gotta be looking for that elusive big hit

who for Heather Locklears role? – Paris Hilton? Lindsey Lohan? Megan Fox? (blonde)

Adrian Zmeds role – Brandon Routh? (if theres no new superman film in the works)

Richard Herd role – David Soul (yeah why not…)

Hookers pops – Shatner of course…

and dont forget a Nimoy cameo somewhere too (he did in the tv show)

28. Derf - July 6, 2009

They should start remaking TV shows that weren’t picked up, or lasted 1 season at the most. The more obscure the better.

* Can anyone say ‘Salvage 1′ with Andy Grifith?
* I saw Joanna Cassidy in “6ft Under” recently, and we all remember her in Blade Runner, how about “240-Robert”? Think she can still fly that chopper?

Or we can mix nostalgia with the current reality crap they feed us and do “Battle of the Network Stars: The Movie”?

29. Holger - July 6, 2009

How creative Hollywood has become.

30. Pam Flynn - July 6, 2009

Great news! I love TJ Hooker….

31. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

gotta love Shatner dissing De Niro in Showtime ‘this guy is the worst actor i have ever seen’

also the tasting cocaine scene…..Shatner – ‘see?…hooker knows it cocaine..’…De Niro – ‘yeah what happens if its cyanide Bill?’

bad movie but the shatner scenes are comedy gold

32. Jim Smith - July 6, 2009

@ 28 Banalstar Galactica lasted one season. Picking that up turned out pretty successful.

33. MC1 Doug - July 6, 2009

James Darren was also a regular, but one of many TREK connections that TJ Hooker had…. TJH really was a quintessential 80s TV show (i.e., bad, awful, horrible)…

Is there really anything original coming out of Hollywood these days? What next? Laverne & Shirley: the Next Generation? Happier Days?

34. Jim Nightshade - July 6, 2009

I hope the comedy style would be like lethal weapon but i bet it wont be anything like that-no it will be another stupid comedy slanted remake that isnt funny-Get Smart has been the only remake that has worked and its because it was a comedy originally–i never watched it too much when on tv-the title sounded too close to bj hooker to me haha-why they had hooker as the name of a cop i will never know hah-all that aside shatner does comedy great-if he is in it in any capacity it can only help the remake-go shat!

35. Ensign Ro- (Short for Roland) - July 6, 2009

*shakes head in disbelief”

“The new feature film will be an ‘action comedy’, which is the same thing that was done with 2004 film Starsky & Hutch, which was an action comedy based on the 70s cop show.”

S & H was one of those movies I rented and yanked out of my DVD player approximately 20 minutes into it. Absolutely horrible movie. And if TJ Hooker is to be done the same way, I guarantee it won’t make my NetFlix queue…even if Mr. Shatner is in it.

36. TrekDude - July 6, 2009

If you think that’s bad they will do a Asteroid movie base on the game 1979
from Atari.

And i think the next one should be Pong !!!!!

37. jastrek_montreal - July 6, 2009

lol, gosh sakes ! Hollywood is really running out of ideas. All they do is reboot stuff ! Why doesn’t hollywood as a whole REBOOT !

38. I'm dead Jim - July 6, 2009

Watching that trailer I couldn’t help but think what a let down after being a starship captain.

39. John Gill - July 6, 2009

The Shat is the man, but a T.J. Hooker reboot? All we need now is a “Leave It To Beaver” reboot…

40. Gul B. - July 6, 2009

Like the old fan saying goes:
“Old Starship Captains never fade away, they just become Hookers”

41. Mitch - July 6, 2009

38–There already HAS been a Leave It To Beaver reboot. Check the imdb. 1997 movie.

It’s amazing that this is happening. If they’re smart, and they aren’t, they would make this not so much a reboot, but a continuation. That way you can use the original cast. However, since clearly Shatner’s character wouldn’t be an active cop anymore, the TJ Hooker in the movie should be the original’s son, who did exist on the TV show, and happened to be named after him. It’s perfect. It would be like the Shaft remake with Samuel Jackson. Shatner’s part would be small but significant, and his son could be a chip off the old block.

And if they really wanted to do a stunt casting, cast Chris Pine as the lead.

Pine could easily play an action/comedy star, and there could be a Lethal Weapon style movie on his resume. I doubt Pine would do it because he wouldn’t want to be considered to be Shatner’s shadow, but it would work.

42. danpaine - July 6, 2009

I think Shatner was hilarious in that movie Showtime – those scenes have me rolling.

43. krikzil - July 6, 2009

Eventually Hollywood is gonna run out of things to reboot and have to come up with an original idea. Still, this is fun to imagine. Shatner as Hooker’s dad. Yeah!

44. jonboc - July 6, 2009

Well, I guess it was inevitable . Never liked the show but it was very successful .

45. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

shatner mustve had a lot on his plate in the 80s…filming the Trek ‘Genesis’ movies inbetween Hooker….

the 80s mustve been shatners biggest most succesful decade

46. CmdrR - July 6, 2009

Hooker Prime uses red matter to travel back and rescue young Officer Stacy Sheridan, now played by Miley Cyrus.

Yikes! Of all the bones to pick in Hollywood…

Bill, I hope YOU choose to steer clear of this one.

47. Mitch - July 6, 2009

It all depends on how it’s done. TJ Hooker was one of the most underrated cop shows of all time. Shatner was really good in that role. If they do what they did to Starsky and Hutch, and cast comedians in the title roles, it will suck.

If they go the serious route with some humor like a Lethal Weapon, they could have a big hit.

48. Shatner_Fan_Prime - July 6, 2009

TV shows turned into movies usually stink, especially when they switch genres and make it a parody. But if The Shat is in it, it can’t be all bad.

49. AJ - July 6, 2009

How about a “Fantasy Island” reboot with Javier Bardem?

50. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

Theres already been a TJ Hooker movie (within a movie) directed by McG…..Was it the opening to Charlies Angels 1 or 2 that had the TJ Hooker movie intro? (although with no Shatner..WTF was that all about?!)

51. Trekkie16 - July 6, 2009

Richard Herd can play Hookers dad. Richard is good at playing the dad role; he was a great dad for Tom Paris.

52. Bill - July 6, 2009

This is pretty lame news, but if it does happen. That will at least mean the series will finally get completed on DVD.

53. Iowagirl - July 6, 2009

#21

Exactly – here’s hoping they can figure out how to put him in…;-)

54. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

46 – LOL – its 2009, Hooker Prime and a guy hes chasing get thrown back in time by a freak accident when they bust through an electrical store….criminal guy ends up in 1931 and kills hookers pops thus disrupting the timeline…Hooker prime emerges 25 years later in 1956 and finds alternate reality Hooker (cgi young shatner or Pine) as a greaser who never joined the police force and is now on the wrong side of the law, stealing cars and causing trouble

Hooker Prime and Hooker 2.0 have to team up and overcome their differences..developing a father son relationship along the way…. to defeat the criminal guy whos played by Malcom McDowell…

or something

55. Lore - July 6, 2009

#20 Do you know why their out of ideas? You can’t be a Hollywood writer if your not in the union and you can’t write in tv or movies unless your already a union writer. Does that make sense? It means that the old union guys in the writers union make sure very few people get in and that saves their jobs, it also means no new ideas.

56. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

i wonder if they’ll set it in the 80s like Starsky and Hutch got set in the 70s or if they’ll update it to the present day?

my bets on the former as the 80s is ripe for humour and setting it present day will raise the question of why not just make it a sequel to the tv show and have Shatner as the original Hooker and the main new guy as his son…and the tv show was never a comedy

57. Mitch - July 6, 2009

55–exactly. If they make it a parody, it will suck. These things don’t work. Most of these movies have sucked. They should look to Shaft as a guideline, with a Lethal Weapon type feel.

58. Frederick - July 6, 2009

I agree, I think that Pine starring as Hooker, and this time actually DOING a Shatner imitation would rock! But no way, it would undermine the Trek movies. But it’s fun to just think about!

59. P Technobabble - July 6, 2009

Alright, do we really need a “TJ Hooker” movie? Probably no more than we needed any of the tv—> movie’s that people have mentioned above. And there are probably some that should never, ever be made (is there anyone on this planet waiting impatiently to see a “Petticoat Junction” film?).
It really bothers me that somebody conjures up the notion “Hey, a TJ Hooker movie is a great idea!” knowing well the fates of similar endeavors. Maybe these films are just write-off’s?
There are certainly films that belong to special franchises — Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, and so on… but even some of the films within those franchises have missed the mark. But such franchises have a life beyond a bad film. What sort of extraordinary franchise is “TJ Hooker” that it should have a film, any more than “Starsky and Hutch,” or “The Dukes of Hazard,” deserved a feature-length motion picture?
And, to boot (or re-boot, I guess), the show that you remember is not the movie they want to give you. I remember reading about “The Six Million Dollar Man” being turned into a film, and it would be a COMEDY starring Jim Carey??? Now, the “Six Mil Guy” wasn’t heavy drama, and it could be rather campy, but it wasn’t a comedy. Why would I, then, want to see it as a comedy on the big screen? Why not give us a “Six Mil” movie like “Iron Man?” But you can’t really do that now because “Iron Man” beat you to the punch.
I suppose Hollywood is a game of roulette… in some cases, Russian roulette! Bringing an old tv series to the big screen has to be the riskiest move of all. Many tv series are entirely connected to the times in which they existed. What was funny on television in the 60’s or the 70’s is unlikely to appeal to a teenage movie-going crowd today. The clever innuendos in the dialogue of the original “Get Smart,” for example, couldn’t translate into the more recent film simply because the film couldn’t capture the same atmosphere, environment and perspective of the original show’s time period. This, apparently, is a lesson some thinkers in Hollywood never learn.

60. Frederick - July 6, 2009

Oh, and by the way, if anyone wants to read a TV Guide cover article on T.J. Hooker, here it is:

http://mystartrekscrapbook.blogspot.com/2009/05/tj-hooker-tv-guide-article.html

The only time I watched the show was when Nimoy guest starred! That was a real event for us old-time Trekkers.

61. Capt Krunch - July 6, 2009

It’s kinda sad..but whatever….Will every TV show be made into an eventual movie?…. Though I can’t wait for the A Team!!….I hope Shat makes it into the reboot as whatever…I do not see any reason to put him into TREK 12!!…..To pander to one actor seems crazy…we will see…….

nominations for Hooker… Adam Sandler as TJ Hooker!!!…awesome, or maybe Jack Black….Shat could play the Richard Herd role!!…or TJ’s dad….

62. Canadianknight - July 6, 2009

#34 – Couldn’t agree more.

What the hell is with the comedy remakes of 70s/80s cop shows? Starsky & Hutch, Charlies Angels, now TJ Hooker?

God, just make a funny buddy-cop movie with new characters! Why “remake” these old shows???

63. Pete Tong - July 6, 2009

I prefer Magnum P.I….

64. Andy Patterson - July 6, 2009

Uh wow.

And….I think I agree with 62.

BJ and the Bear wants to be remade too. Greg Evigan is still around isn’t he? There’s another Shatner tie in.

65. freddy - July 6, 2009

This news is a statement to the truly sorry state of Hollywood is in today.

66. Mitch - July 6, 2009

60–it’s not pandering to one actor, it’s pandering to a significant sector of the fanbase that was disappointment at his lack of inclusion in the last movie. Whether you agree to him being in the movie or not, you can’t deny that Abrams’ failure to get Shatner in the movie upset a lot of people.

Shatner would only be a positive to the movie and would finally satisfy a sect of fandom that has been pissed since 1994.

67. Captain Dunsel - July 6, 2009

How about killing two brids with one stone (or sinking two franchises with one brick)?

Do it as TJ Hooker vs. The Rookies – LCPD vs SCPD

Get it over with quicker that way!

68. Captain Dunsel - July 6, 2009

“two birds”, actually…

69. freddy - July 6, 2009

#65 – I for one and sure a lot of others who were not pissed at all.

shat’s day has come and gone for trek. His inclusion to the new trek movie would have been terrible because he would have ask for outrageous demands, would have seem to be a stunt rather then forwarding the story, and lastly majority of the people who went to see the movie don’t even know his trek connection – they only see him the crazy priceline guy and that’s it.

He took the money for Generations, cashed the check knowing full well he will not be involved in trek anymore (how many times will they bring back someone from the dead) and then b*tches that he’s not in the new film and cries like a big baby and doesn’t even go see this film = LOSER.

70. SPOCKBOY - July 6, 2009

Seriously, someone needs to go “postal” in Hollywood and cull the herd of all these talentless morons who keep subjecting us to their inane crap.
Or at least a good beating. No broken bones or anything, but a few days in the hospital at least ; )

Ah yes TJ Hooker, where the Shat graduated from a starship to a Plymouth.
Awful show. Shatner makes it watchable, but there is certainly not enough good material there to make a film out of. Just a familiar name to cash in on.

Here’s Nimoy and the Shat on TJ Hooker (spanish)
http://tinyurl.com/l296tr

Even better here’s the Shat, Nimoy and Colonel Klink in Man From Uncle!
http://tinyurl.com/npms3p
:)

71. P Technobabble - July 6, 2009

68 freddy
“…His inclusion to the new trek movie would have been terrible because he would have ask for outrageous demands, would have seem to be a stunt rather then forwarding the story, and lastly majority of the people who went to see the movie don’t even know his trek connection – they only see him the crazy priceline guy and that’s it…

Are you really sure about all this?
So many conclusions are made about, not just Shatner, but celebrities, in general, all based on heresay, rumor, gossip, etc., none of which will ever substitute the actual, first-hand truth. And I would find it hard to believe that the “majority” of people who went to see the new movie wouldn’t know that William Shatner brought Capt. James T Kirk to life… Sorry dude, but to end your unsubstantiated comments by calling him a “loser” is not just callous, it seems more evident that you simply don’t like the guy. I don’t know about you, but I’d have cut off my you-know-what’s if it would have guaranteed me a career like his. Any ideas on what you’ll be doing at 78?

72. SPOCKBOY - July 6, 2009

Slightly off topic, but this is amazing!
http://tinyurl.com/nzpro9

73. s-o-matic - July 6, 2009

I’m still waiting for Chris Pine and Michael Shanks to be in a Boston Legal reboot. :)

74. Brad P. - July 6, 2009

Shatner as the Dad and Pine as T.J. Hooker!!!!

75. Gary - July 6, 2009

Dragnet, Starsky & Hutch, Car 54 Where Are You? & now T.J. Hooker? What about Baretta?

76. Mammalian Verisimilitude - July 6, 2009

28. Derf> They should start remaking TV shows that weren’t picked up, or lasted 1 season at the most. The more obscure the better.

Actually, they really should. Lots of stuff tanks for reasons *other* than the basic concept, which is all you’re really buying for a remake.

I mean, Airplane was a remake (rights bought & used) of an obscure 50s movie called Zero Hour, and they twisted it into something unrecognisable :)

77. richpit - July 6, 2009

How could this have gotten a green light before the A Team movie??

How about Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie?

78. Lore - July 6, 2009

I GOT IT! Its back to the academy days. The TJ Hooker Movie focuses on TJ’s career before the 80s TV show.

79. Mitch - July 6, 2009

68–whether you and others weren’t pissed doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t change that a SIGNIFICANT number of fans were very upset on how poorly Abrams handled the Shatner thing.

And if you really think the majority of people don’t know that William Shatner played James T. Kirk, I really don’t know what to tell you. It would say that the Trek 2009 audience has it’s head in the sand and is probably one of the stupidest groups of people on the planet. Given that the Trek audience is not that dumb, it’s safe to say that the vast majority knew full well that Shatner was Kirk.

Shatner’s role in Trek is iconic. There is no way a MAJORITY of people do not know that Shatner originated and made that role. It’s almost like your post is intended on flamebaiting.

Just because someone takes over a role doesn’t mean the originator is forgotten and should be thrown away. Without William Shatner, there is no Trek 2009. He made that role iconic. He was the star when the franchise became a franchise. Like it or not, they do owe him one.

They certainly shouldn’t have treated him the way they did. They can make up for it, but I doubt they will.

But whether they do or not does not diminish his status in Trek.

80. Capt Krunch - July 6, 2009

68 Thanks…my point as well…I feel his day is over as far as TREK goes…I like Shat …don’t get me wrong, but Generations did him in..and though the timeline has changed…what would be the point of having him in a new movie but for his own glorification….In that case I hope Nichelle, George and Walter get in 13,14, and 15 as well…and if he wanted to be in it that bad he would have done the cameo that was suggested or that has at least been discussed…
It’s not that it wouldn’t be great to see him…It’s just the way…to me… he has come across since this whole thing started…I guess we will never know the truth…his side or JJ’s side…was he offered a role or not…cameo or not…Since Orci says they will not do time travel again, how does Shat make it back in the film?….sci fi knows no bounds!….

81. James - July 6, 2009

T.J. Hooker was rubbish. Now, The Man from U.N.C.L.E… that was a quality show…

However, I don’t want to see it remade, or actually watch it again, in case some of the nostalgia-gloss rubs off…

82. Miles R. Seppelt - July 6, 2009

What we really need is SLEDGE HAMMER: THE MOVIE!

Trust me, I know what I’m doing.

83. SChaos1701 - July 6, 2009

81

That would be AWESOME!

I’m just waiting for Peter Griffin to star as Officer TJ Hooker…Sheriff Officer TJ Hooker.

84. Harry Ballz - July 6, 2009

Closettrekker

FYI

don’t know if you saw it, but you were complimented in the latest post of the “Why Shatner has not seen the movie” thread!

85. Harry Ballz - July 6, 2009

A comedy??

Well, sure, Shatner can handle THAT!

86. Duane - July 6, 2009

Could be good fun. The Shat can be so very funny. Put him in it in a major role, with the new, young TJ Hooker learning everything from him.

87. Doctor... Beam Up Who? Not on this ship! It's a TARDIS! He won't fit! - July 6, 2009

get Scarecrow from B5 to play Capt. Sheridan!

88. Barney - July 6, 2009

What a great idea.

Cast Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Leslie Easterbrook, GW Bailey…

Really, just don’t. TJ Hooker was not good and won’t be in any sort of reboot.

It’ll never work as a serious/funny Lethal Weapon style movie, too many people will just think “Hang on, wasn’t TJ Hooker that s**t 80’s cop show with the guy who used to be Captain Kirk?”

Crap idea, crap show, sorry, that’s it.

89. Brett Hopper - July 6, 2009

Love the 80’s!
I used to watch TJ Hooker, and record (beta…) Airwolf!!!!!
The show took off with the addition of James Darren, but this was extremely watchable drama! Shat rules!!!

LOVED THE INTRO SCENE WITH SHAT RUNNING THROUGH THE TREES WITH HIS BILLY CLUB!!!!!! REMINDED ME OF KIRK CHASIN AFTER FINEGAN IN SHORE LEAVE!!!!

90. captain shroom - July 6, 2009

Hollywood has officially run out of ideas.

91. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

“Your father once rode the hood of a car for twelve minutes

He saved 800 lives, including your mothers and yours. I dare you to do better. “

92. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

“Thomas J Hooker was considered to be a great man…He went on to throw his nightstick 200 yards… but that was another life….”

93. Rocket Scientist - July 6, 2009

I watched it because it was The Shat. And Heather Locklear was in it. Not a GREAT show, but kind of entertaining. I hope they don’t camp it up too much for this remake.

I vote for The Shat as Captain Sheridan!

94. Rastaman - July 6, 2009

I read here and there that Matt Damon has already been cast as TJ Hooker!!!

;-)

95. Spocko - July 6, 2009

That roll Shatner did when he came through the door was pretty impressive.

96. Trek Nerd Central - July 6, 2009

Wow. Weird. Really, really, really weird.

I do love that SNL skit, though.

As for casting. . . who but Ben Stiller?

97. William Kirk - July 6, 2009

Someone on rebooted T.J. : Look, the Shat is your father :-D

98. Gul B. - July 6, 2009

SNL skit is great, Shatner funny.

Getting him to play in the movie should be no problem – but how to convince deNiro???

99. Beck - July 6, 2009

When I read this article I kept thinking of the remake of Starsky & Hutch, which was less a remake and more a very unfunny parody. This will probably turn into a crummy Will Ferrell vehicle, or worse. Sorry, TJ fans.

100. Harry Ballz - July 6, 2009

Knowing Shatner he’ll insist that the father character be the starring role, with the actor playing the son relegated to a walk-on part!*

*and then, in post-production, he’ll pressure the producers to leave the “son bits” on the cutting room floor!

101. Kurt - July 6, 2009

Saw this in another talkback:

Your father rode the hood of a car for 12 minutes, saved 800 lives, including your’s and your mother’s. I dare you to do better…

Might be the best line ever!

102. Ryan C - July 6, 2009

Does anyone even read the previous comments before spamming the threads with redundant posts?

103. Balok - July 6, 2009

Any of the old TJ scripts would be comedy for today’s audience. Judging by the noise around the next Trek movie, seems to be Hollywood’s formula for success.

Poor Shat, I was glad that he wasn’t in the new Trek, but he should be in TJ movie. Also the Z man seems like a real nice guy, so I hope he has a prominent role in the new film. I may go to see it if Stiller and that Owen guy are NOT in it…

104. Kurt - July 6, 2009

#102

Sorry, although my post was technically not spamming. I was commenting on a line that I read on another site, unlike poster #91 and 92 who copied the lines (although to be fair, it could be the other way around). Somebody plagerized somebody! Regardless, a classic line.

105. cpelc - July 6, 2009

Got my Kellogs T-Shirt in the mail finally today! Nice material! Like a dry-fit mesh definitely worth the money and wait

106. Trek Nerd Central - July 6, 2009

102. Dude, relax. An honest oversight on someone’s part doesn’t amount to “spamming.”

And in the department of redundancy department, we’re all guilty sometimes. It’s hard to read every single post every single time.

107. Jason P Hunt - SciFi4Me.com - July 6, 2009

Besides “The Rookies”, here’s what you could expect to see next:

“The Fall Guy”
“BJ & the Bear” will be a remake of the two-part episode “Snow White & the 7 Lady Truckers”…
“Bring ‘Em Back Alive”
“Tales of the Gold Monkey”
“Ironside”
“Adam 12″ – hasn’t been a movie yet, even though they made a new TV show
“Falcon Crest”
“Hotel”
“Wonderbug”
“The Bugaloos” – this one will involve our heroes stopping a nuclear jukebox that transforms into a CGI Martha Raye
“F Troop”

I’m just sayin’…

108. Pyork (JE) - July 6, 2009

Yep. Cause Star Trek had an amazing reboot everyone else thinks they can too

109. Jason P Hunt - SciFi4Me.com - July 6, 2009

Forgot:

Freddie Prinze, Jr. opposite Jack Nicholson in the “Chico and the Man” reboot. Cause you’re all jonesin’ for that one, right?

110. John N - July 6, 2009

If fans of “Star Trek” are called Trekkers, what are fans of “T. J. Hooker” called?

Hookers?
Johns?

;)

111. Rocket Scientist - July 6, 2009

105. cpelc

Got my Kellogs T-Shirt in the mail finally today! Nice material! Like a dry-fit mesh definitely worth the money and wait

**********

Still waiting for mine. I ordered the yellow command shirt, and if it’s decent I’ll get the other two.

Gotta say about the delivery time…”It’s been a long road…”

112. Jim Smith - July 6, 2009

@ 110 – I always liked the idea that ‘Doctor Who’ fans (of which I am one) are called ‘Who-res’. : )

113. Captain Dunsel - July 6, 2009

#107 “Besides “The Rookies”, here’s what you could expect to see next:”

Of that list of “stinkers”, I think F-Troop might actually be do-able and still be funny. It’s the only one of the bynch that didn’t really have a sensibility peculiar to its production time frame., It was largely simple slapstick.

One of the big challenges would be to find someone like a Ken Berry – who had the same strange ability as Don Adams to make “clumsiness” look easy.

114. sean - July 6, 2009

TJ frickin’ Hooker? We’re scraping the bottom of the remake barrel.

115. screaming satellite - July 6, 2009

a Hooker movie in the mid-late 80s with a Lethal Weapon budget with Shatner in the lead wouldve been awesome…

116. Brian Kirsch - July 6, 2009

#107 –
Hey, you forgot “Supertrain”! Remember that high-speed nuclear powered passenger train? With todays special effects that would be awesome! But if they change the look of the train even slightly or make it bigger there will be hell to pay!!

117. Driver - July 6, 2009

I want my “Land of the Giants” reboot!!

118. Enterprise - July 6, 2009

Will Shatner? Who’s Will Shatner?

119. Brian Kirsch - July 6, 2009

#’s 66, 79 – Mitch –

You seem to lay all the blame solely on Abrams. If anyone mishandled the situation (and continues to mishandle it) it was Shatner, in my opinion.

Also, you state: “Shatner would only be a positive to the movie and would finally satisfy a sect of fandom that has been pissed since 1994.” Again, I disagree. Having just Nimoy in the new film, while a nice touch, almost overshadowed the reboot/new cast idea. Having BOTH Shatner and Nimoy in the new film would have made it just another sequel and would have totally overshadowed the new cast, and the new direction this reboot must go to compete in today’s world.

As for that “sect of fandom that has been pissed since 1994″, well, what can I say? Get over it? Get a life? It’s been 15 years. Plus, I think you overstate the “significant sector” of fans. 5%? 10%? Obviously it didn’t hurt the boxoffice numbers. Being very “vocal” on fan sites does not equal significance.

Shatner agreed to do the film and have Kirk die, and demanded rewrites/reshoots when the death wasn’t “heroic” enough. The film still sucked, and Kirk’s death was still pathetic. But he cashed the check, and supposedly was done with Trek.

Contrast Shatner to Sean Connery, for example, on how to pass the torch with class, or without class.

120. Brian Kirsch - July 6, 2009

#117 –

I want my “Lost in Space” reboot!!! And Billy Mumy MUST be in it!! That would ROCK!!

It couldn’t possibly be Lost in Space without Billy Mumy, I might boycott it……. and fill message boards with my outrage of how Billy was treated….

121. Enterprise - July 6, 2009

Are we still arguing about the new Trek movie?

122. Rocket Scientist - July 6, 2009

I was never a big Lost In Space fan, so I didn’t watch the modern film with a lot of expectations or baggage. I just knew enough about the back story to enjoy the homages to it.

Because of that, I rather liked it for what it was.

123. Driver - July 6, 2009

When is “Lost in Space” the movie coming to Blu? I really enjoyed that. But it needs a re reboot as a TV series.

124. Greg2600 - July 6, 2009

No T.J. Hooker, please no!

125. Canon Schmanon - July 6, 2009

I just threw up.

126. MrRegular - July 6, 2009

Another reason why I avoid the cinemaplexes unless it’s STAR TREK or a similar film of intelligent quality. Films are made to target a certain demographic which does not demand original ideas, impressive performances, or intelligently written scripts. The new ICE AGE film which combines animals of the last 20,000 years with dinosaurs is a case in point. Sorry, no Wolly Mammoth ever saw a T-Rex or vice versa. I’m saving my money for the STAR TREK DVD release!!

127. lostrod - July 6, 2009

#123

Actually, “Lost in Space” was rebooted as a pilot for the WB (http://www.stellarproducts.biz/roloinsp20wb.html), but was not picked up. Directed by John Woo, it was called “The Robinsons: Lost in Space”.

I have a copy on DVD and it is pretty good. Would have been a great series.

128. Penhall99 - July 6, 2009

I’m all for this. If anything, maybe it’ll get them to release Seasons 3-5 on DVD (only 1 and 2 are currently available).

129. lostrod - July 6, 2009

#119

I probably sound like a broken record, but …

Where is your source for “Shatner’s demanded …”?

It gets very old when people jump in and regurgitate the same old crap. Speaking as if they KNOW what people thought. Or what was said behind the scenes.

Provide a source, please before you make accusations.

Hmm. “Shatner agree to die and cashed his check …” An old, tired line. Didn’t Mr. Nimoy basically do the same? Why does Mr. Nimoy get slack and Mr. Shatner the shaft?

I would never claim to know what did or did not transpire between Mr. Abrams and Mr. Shatner. However, in NONE of the quotes from either parties is there any indication that Mr. Abrams offered any part to Mr. Shatner. If so, what was there for him to turn down or reject?

I don’t understand why any topic on this site turns into an opportunity for some folks to recycle the same old cliches when they apparently have NO facts to back them up.

130. lostrod - July 6, 2009

#71

Refer to my previous post. You are on target.

Posters that make outrageous assumptions without facts to back them up are a pet peeve of mine.

But getting back on topic … :)

T.J. Hooker is no worse than any of the others cop shows of the era. To Mr. Shatner I SUPPOSE (notice I don’t say “IT WAS” or “HE THOUGHT”) it was a job. After all, he is an actor. It’s a profession to him. He took a job and put his unique take on it. What is the problem with that?

I’m a programmer. I’ve coded stuff I like and stuff I don’t like. How well I did was often the result of time available and budget.

The odd thing is that, in my lifetime, I’ve seen so much stuff I grew up with come back – in one form or another:

– Lost in Space
– Star Trek
– Get Smart
– McHale’s Navy
– Charlie’s Angels
– Twilight Zone
– The Untouchables
– Naked Gun
– Starsky and Hutch
– SWAT
– Adam’s Family
– Brady Bunch
– The Fugitive
– The Munster’s
– Dragnet
– Land of the Lost
– Maverick
– Bewitched
– Beverly Hillbillies
– Batlestar Galactica
– Mission Impossible
– Transformers

I’m sure I missed a bunch. Stilled to come:

– A Team
– The Prisoner

131. Andy Patterson - July 6, 2009

130 Iostrod

And don’t forget the forgettable Wild Wild West movie….

and by the way..yes I know Forsan. A very good friend of mine…a mentor of mine actually, is the band director at Forsan. Just won state marching and honor band in the state a few years ago. Been to his house. Seen the town.

132. T'Cal - July 6, 2009

I scoffed at the idea of a Starsky and Hutch movie when I read that the emphasis would be on comedy. Like others here, I had hoped it would be more in the vein of Lethal Weapon, an action film with some good comedy. It was pretty funny though and it did well enough in the box office for talk of a sequel. So many other TV-shows-turned-movies, though, have sucked big time. Making a TJ Hooker movie is a good idea only because the talk about it is hilarious! But as an actual movie? No way.

133. Christopher Valin - July 6, 2009

#12 – LOL – Gotta love that guy from Boston Legal

#36 – If they remake Pong, they better keep the technology exactly like the original–no updating with that modern stuff. If it’s not canon, I won’t watch it…in fact, I’ll be outside the theater protesting!

#48 – I think you’ve got it right on the money. They could do a serious version, like they tried (and failed) with the Miami Vice movie.

#130 – Speaking of Miami Vice, it didn’t make your list! And you forgot Bionic Woman and Knight Rider, too.

134. lostrod - July 6, 2009

#130

Yep, forgot “Wild Wild West”.

I have so many fond memories of Forsan. Never really thought of it as a town though. Over the years I attended school there the only business (other than the oil companies) I recall was a gas station and a cafe.

#133

Forgot “Bionic Woman” also. Watched two episodes and lost interest.

I also left off “Night Stalker”. The reboot bore no resemblance to the classic series.

BTW – I hear there also doing a feature version of “Fraggle Rock” …

Regards.

135. Gary - July 6, 2009

One thing for sure. This won’t be your fathers TJ Hooker!

136. Gorn Captain - July 6, 2009

I used to joke T.J. Hooker was actually Kirk vacationing on the amusement park planet from “Shore Leave”, especially when Nimoy guest starrred in one episode! ;)

134. The Fraggle Rock movie is being made by the Henson people. Many of the original series’ muppet performers are returning to give life to their characters again.

137. Gary - July 6, 2009

130. Hers a more complete list of films based on television programs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_movies_based_on_TV_shows

138. Driver - July 6, 2009

#127 Downloaded that. Pales to both the original and the 1998 movie. It needs a re re re boot. And I still want Land of the Giants and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. And a live action Johnny Quest.

139. lostrod - July 6, 2009

#138

Yes. Season one of original is classic. I liked the movie and was looking forward to sequel that never happened.

Voyage to Bottom of the Sea was re-booted as Seaquest, right? :)

Did you see the Time Tunnel reboot?

140. Jason P Hunt - SciFi4Me.com - July 6, 2009

Don’t forget:

“Dr. Shrinker”
“Electra Woman and Dyna Girl”

You think Dierdre Hall would come back for that?

141. Kingons - July 6, 2009

What’s Next….

A re-make of 1968’s “White Comanche” ??? Shat played a Native American in that movie, in addition to a cowbow….

Oh…wait it was re-made as TOS’s “The Paradise Syndrome”…..where The Shat played a native american….oh delicious Miramanee…the most beautiful woman in TOS…

Or how about a re-make of 77’s Kingdom of the Spiders ???

142. CapnJake - July 6, 2009

how about instead of remaking old movies and tv shows, studios instead create new movies and tv shows.
now there is a concept.

seriously tj hooker the movie is going to suck just like starsky and hutch did. And if you think shatner is going to take part in the movie in a cameo, think again he doesnt need to and probably wouldnt even dream of accepting a cameo.

143. News guy - July 7, 2009

140-some-odd comments and no has thought to suggest a movie version of “Barbary Coast” ???

144. screaming satellite - July 7, 2009

the whole reason TJ Hooker was a big success (and why it continues to get referenced in stuff like True Romance, Showtime and Charlies Angels) is due to it starring Shatner at the height of his popularity as Admiral Kirk

145. Jim Smith - July 7, 2009

@142 The whole history of Hollywood is jam packed with remakes and sequels and reboots. It has always been this way. The Wizard of Oz (1939) is a remake of an earlier film (1926) based on a book. So is The Ten Commandments. The Maltese Falcon is a remake and look at the 1930s Universal Horrors. It has always been this way – anyone complaining about the concept of remakes and reboots (as opposed to the content of specific remakes and reboots) doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

146. Harry Ballz - July 7, 2009

Ah, so it’s a long standing tradition of mediocrity!

Hollywood is an incestuous community. The first few get in and then they “circled the wagons” to try and keep fresh competition out! Sad to think that greed and selfishness beat out imagination!

Rehash, repeat, retread, recycle, RIDICULOUS!

147. Star Trackie - July 7, 2009

Hard to believe TJ Hooker went for 5 years! Never cared for it or watched it, but Shatner’s amazing record of success cannot be denied. He is the man!

148. Closettrekker - July 7, 2009

#57—“If they make it a parody, it will suck. ”

I cannot imagine a new “TJ Hooker” as anything but a parody.

#142—-Shatner has done plenty of cameos. If the money is right, he’ll do it.

And #145 is absolutely correct, IMO.

Hollywood remakes are nothing new. It’s been done since the second generation of movie-making. I’m not sure why some people act as though the current crop of filmmakers are any more unoriginal than their predecessors.

More films being released overall=more remakes…

149. Jim Smith - July 7, 2009

@146 ”Circle the wagons” Paranoid, much?

The point is, that’s what film is like as an art form. Live with it or don’t watch films. It’s not rocket science.

150. Big Fan Movie Trailer | The OriginalUnOriginal.Com - July 7, 2009

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151. I Am Morg Not Eymorg - July 7, 2009

Yeah. Lord knows that The Ten Commandments, The Wizard of Oz and The Maltese Falcon are terribly mediocre.

152. Harry Ballz - July 7, 2009

The Maltese Falcon….GREAT!

The other two? M’eh!

153. Brian Kirsch - July 7, 2009

#129 –

“Where is your source for “Shatner’s demanded …”?”

– OK, I stand corrected on that point. My bad for reading and believing too many fan sites. I can’t find anything to support that claim. In fact, from my research, it was the Paramount execs who demanded the re-shoot. Again my apologies.

“Hmm. “Shatner agree to die and cashed his check …” An old, tired line. Didn’t Mr. Nimoy basically do the same? Why does Mr. Nimoy get slack and Mr. Shatner the shaft?”

– Shatner did agree to do the movie, for the money, and have Kirk die, once and for all. And in the original script, which Shatner signed on to do and which was filmed, Kirk dies after being shot in the back by Soran. If Shatner is/was so concerned about the character he created, why would he agree to this? I maintain it was for the paycheck, and a “good-riddance” to Star Trek. The script, and the movie, sucks. That why most of the original cast (including Nimoy) declined offers to be involved, and declined the paycheck. They had already said their goodbyes in ST VI. As for why Nimoy gets more respect/slack than Shatner, it all boils down to “class” and the “respect” of his peers. One has them, the other does not. I’ll let you decide.

“I would never claim to know what did or did not transpire between Mr. Abrams and Mr. Shatner. However, in NONE of the quotes from either parties is there any indication that Mr. Abrams offered any part to Mr. Shatner. If so, what was there for him to turn down or reject?”

– OK, I won’t make that claim either. But look at the following links and decide who you believe. Which one is trying to cover their butt? Which one is looking for one last ride on the gravy train? Which one wishes he had done things differently? Which one kisses more butt, to that end? Which one do you believe? Which one has a history of “He said – He said” disputes?

http://screenrant.com/shatner-continues-talking-star-trek-filmnerdjamie-3743/
(Actually watch the video, don’t just rely on the quote. The video is more informative and telling)

http://screenrant.com/shatners-star-trek-absence-explained-filmnerdjamie-3637/
(…..”The bigger thing was that he was very vocal that he didn’t want to do a cameo.” …..)

154. Brian Kirsch - July 7, 2009

And, back to original topic……..

If you thought Hollywood had scraped the bottom of the barrel, apparently the bottom hasn’t been reached just yet….

http://screenrant.com/baywatch-movie-comedy-ross-16199/

155. S. John Ross - July 7, 2009

#151: Though, worth remembering that the Maltese Falcon was adapted three times to film in a fairly short space of years, relatively speaking.

Hollywood has _always_ been creatively bankrupt. It’s always just a matter of waiting for the gems to squeeze out of the crap-pile.

(and I like all three Maltese Falcon movies, even the two dull ones) ;)

156. falcon - July 8, 2009

Ugh. Is it time to reboot The Great Train Robbery yet? Or The Story of the Kelly Gang (the first feature-length motion picture)?

All the good ideas are gone. Last one out of Hollywood turn out the lights.

157. Closettrekker - July 8, 2009

#156—“Is it time to reboot The Great Train Robbery yet? Or The Story of the Kelly Gang (the first feature-length motion picture)?”

The latter has been done 8 times (and 10 if you count satires) since 1920.

And while the former hasn’t been remade per se, it has been paid homage in some pretty popular films—and the concept (action film genre) was born out of that picture.

I don’t see anything wrong with remakes. It has been done throughout the history of filmmaking. Some of them are bad, and some of them are good. It takes just as much skill to direct a remake as it does an original story idea.

A good movie is a good movie—-original or otherwise.

158. lostrod - July 8, 2009

#153

Hmm. Mr. Nimoy agrees to do Star Trek II after the director agrees to kill of Spock halfway through the movie …

You state:

“If Shatner is/was so concerned about the character he created, why would he agree to this? I maintain it was for the paycheck, and a “good-riddance” to Star Trek.”

So, if Mr. Nimoy is so concerned about the character he created …”

What is it with you guys? Double standard for Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy? Is it ok that Mr. Nimoy took a paycheck to kill a character but IT’S NOT OK for Mr. Shatner?

Listen to your argument: “Mr. Shatner did it for a paycheck ..”. For crying out loud – didn’t Mr. Nimoy die as Spock “FOR A PAYCHECK”? Did he do it as charity?

Mr. Nimoy doesn’t want to do it (kill off an iconic character), ok. No problem. Mr. Shatner doesn’t want to do cameos – he’s a jerk? Why did Mr. Nimoy do ST II? Didn’t he do it for the money? Did he do it for nothing? Didn’t he do it for a paycheck just like Mr. Shatner did for STV as “you maintain”.

Why the flipping double standard?

LInks? You believe everything you see on the Internet?

I’ve been around ST from Day One. First episode on NBC. I’ve met Mr. Nimoy. Mr. Shatner. Mr. Takei. Had lunch with Mr. Doohan. I don’t give a crap about what the “Link” says. I base my belief on what I see. I don’t need a stupid link.

Sorry. It’s late and I log on and read the same old “Shatner bad – Nimoy good” BS. As I said, I’ve met both and they BOTH appear to be great folks. I just don’t understand why one is held to a different standard than the other.

Regards.

This

159. Newspaper guy - July 9, 2009

… or maybe a movie reboot of “Rescue 911.” As a musical.

160. Brian Kirsch - July 10, 2009

#158 –

“Hmm. Mr. Nimoy agrees to do Star Trek II after the director agrees to kill of Spock halfway through the movie …”

– Spock dies at the end of the film. In a great, well written scene, fully in character.

““If Shatner is/was so concerned about the character he created, why would he agree to this? I maintain it was for the paycheck, and a “good-riddance” to Star Trek.”

So, if Mr. Nimoy is so concerned about the character he created …”

What is it with you guys? Double standard for Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy? Is it ok that Mr. Nimoy took a paycheck to kill a character but IT’S NOT OK for Mr. Shatner?

– My point was quality of script and story. Nimoy has repeatedly declined a paycheck for quality issues. Shatner will take any job if the paycheck is right. Nimoy refused the easy paycheck of Generations, while Shatner agreed to have Kirk DIE, shot in the back, on some bridge. For the paycheck, and as a good-riddance to Trek. Most of the OS cast refused the easy paycheck of Generations because it sucked.

” Listen to your argument: “Mr. Shatner did it for a paycheck ..”. For crying out loud – didn’t Mr. Nimoy die as Spock “FOR A PAYCHECK”? Did he do it as charity?

Mr. Nimoy doesn’t want to do it (kill off an iconic character), ok. No problem. Mr. Shatner doesn’t want to do cameos – he’s a jerk? Why did Mr. Nimoy do ST II? Didn’t he do it for the money? Did he do it for nothing? Didn’t he do it for a paycheck just like Mr. Shatner did for STV as “you maintain”.

– Actually Nimoy wanted to kill Spock off, but only agreed to do STII if it was done right, if the story and quality of script was there. Nimoy and Shatner have both collected many paychecks from Trek. The difference is in the quality and integrity. Care to compare ST II – VI with Generations?

“Why the flipping double standard?”

– I’ll give you a few ideas: Class, or lack thereof. Respect of peers, or lack thereof.

“LInks? You believe everything you see on the Internet?”

– No, but I give more credence to actual published interviews than I do to fanboy message boards.

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