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Dax Shepard to write, direct and star in a film version of Chips

09.02.2014

If you have been sitting at home waiting for a big screen adaptation for your favorite TV series CHiPs to come along, well get up off that couch and put on some pants! Dax Shepard (HIT AND RUN), the actor, comedian, writer and director, will be bringing a film version of the classic NBC TV series to theaters. Shepard is set to play Jon Baker, the by-the-book officer played by Larry Wilcox in the TV show and Michael Pena, who will co-star, will play Frank Poncherello, Baker's wild partner, who was played by Erik Estrada in the show.

CHiPs TV series creator Rick Rosner will also executive produce, maybe to keep that authenticity? CHiPs ran for six seasons from 1977 to 1983 and featured two officers who patrolled the highways of California in motorcycles and the tight uniforms. This movie version will apparently not be a spoof like STARSKY & HUTCH with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson; this is going for serious. “The new take is envisioned as much in the tone of Bad Boys and Lethal Weapon than a comedy” says Deadline. Now that's interesting considering they're taking material and turning up the drama and intensity; why not just make something new and leave CHiPs alone? I'm asking for my parents of course.

Were you a fan of the TV series? I can't say I've seen more than one episode late at night when the remote was lost on me.


If Dax is looking for some casting ideas; he should look no further than his own wife, the lovely Kristen Bell.

Source: Deadline

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3:59PM on 09/03/2014
Dax is a hack and destroys all he touches
Dax is a hack and destroys all he touches
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3:03PM on 09/03/2014
I have this strange feeling this might work as a straight up comedy. Michael Peņa has shown he can be a funny guy from his appearances in My Name Is Earl and paired with Dax's deadpan cluess stares and you have comedy gold (Diamond if the 1970s period is used as a back-drop)
I have this strange feeling this might work as a straight up comedy. Michael Peņa has shown he can be a funny guy from his appearances in My Name Is Earl and paired with Dax's deadpan cluess stares and you have comedy gold (Diamond if the 1970s period is used as a back-drop)
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11:50AM on 09/03/2014

Zach Braff and Donald Faison

I would have prefer Shepard's doppelganger and his BFF!
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I would have prefer Shepard's doppelganger and his BFF!
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10:30AM on 09/03/2014
First off, CHiPs doesn't work today, given its utter lack of controversy, violence, nudity, etc. Also, they announce one of these types of deals every year or two and then it disappears into development hell. Remember they announced a CHiPs reboot being 'spearheaded' by wilmer valderrama a few years ago. I seriously would not hold my breath for this becoming a reality. It doesn't even work today. As Estrada pointed out, they never pulled their guns on CHiPs, ever. It was all After School
First off, CHiPs doesn't work today, given its utter lack of controversy, violence, nudity, etc. Also, they announce one of these types of deals every year or two and then it disappears into development hell. Remember they announced a CHiPs reboot being 'spearheaded' by wilmer valderrama a few years ago. I seriously would not hold my breath for this becoming a reality. It doesn't even work today. As Estrada pointed out, they never pulled their guns on CHiPs, ever. It was all After School Specials or PG-rated villainy beaten by the power of two buddies chuckling as they got on and off their motorcycles.
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7:19AM on 09/03/2014
how does Dax shepard get to be in charge of the project? He is like Nick Swardson...in the sense that I never see him take his movie career seriously..ahhh and he will play Jon Baker? I dont see how he will pay any due respect to the character or the TV show....
how does Dax shepard get to be in charge of the project? He is like Nick Swardson...in the sense that I never see him take his movie career seriously..ahhh and he will play Jon Baker? I dont see how he will pay any due respect to the character or the TV show....
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3:18AM on 09/03/2014
Completely forgot this guy even existed.
Completely forgot this guy even existed.
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1:44AM on 09/03/2014
I hope he crashes his motorcycle on the first day of filming
I hope he crashes his motorcycle on the first day of filming
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1:33AM on 09/03/2014
I smell vanity project!
I smell vanity project!
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12:38AM on 09/03/2014
Wasn't Wilmer Valderama involved in this at one time?
Michael Pena is a no brainer choice for Poncherello, but with this and End of Watch it kinda seem like he's being typecast in Latino cop roles.

Also, does anyone think it's weird that Poncherello is an Italian sounding name yet he was played by Erik Estrada?
Wasn't Wilmer Valderama involved in this at one time?
Michael Pena is a no brainer choice for Poncherello, but with this and End of Watch it kinda seem like he's being typecast in Latino cop roles.

Also, does anyone think it's weird that Poncherello is an Italian sounding name yet he was played by Erik Estrada?
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6:31AM on 09/04/2014
Hispanic --> Spanish --> Latin --> Italian
Hispanic --> Spanish --> Latin --> Italian
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