Knight Rider is returning to the small screen through digital comic books, and with it comes Punky Brewster, the kids from Saved by the Bell, Airwolf and Miami Vice. It’s a new project by Lion Forge and NBC Universal, which will partner for the stories.
The two companies will develop, write, illustrate and publish content based on those shows from the 1980s and 1990s, bringing new stories for characters like Crocket and Tubbs as well as Kit and Screech.
The digital comics are set to be released later this year through iTunes, Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore, Barnes & Nobles’ Nook store and Kobo.
The NBC Universal-owned shows are the latest in a growing push that has seen other TV properties extend their stories in comics, most recently The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Fans of the popular ’80s television series about the super smart, talking car, KITT. (and his human companion Michael Knight) were excited last winter when NBC premiered an updated version of “Knight Rider” in the form of a two-hour made-for-TV movie.
The film made way for a new series, premiering this week. The TV movie introduced Justin Bruening (“All My Children”) as Mike Tracer, son of Michael Knight and the new recruit for Knight Industries. KITT (which now stands for Knight Industries Three-Thousand) is no longer a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am but instead a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR.
Val Kilmer (“Heat,” “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”) also returns as the voice of KITT.