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Vince Vaughn to star in Rockford Files movie

Apr. 17, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Universal is developing a movie version of the 1970's television series THE ROCKFORD FILES and plan to have Vince Vaughn star.

Vaughn has done quite a bit of comedy in recent years and even co-starred in the big screen STARSKY AND HUTCH with his friends Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Rockford could be a welcome opportunity for Vaughn to return to the hero role. No word on whether or not the film will be updated or retain a retro style.

THE ROCKFORD FILES series followed Jim Rockford, a private eye who spent a few years in San Quentin before being pardoned. He worked and lived out of a mobile home near the beach in Malibu, and unlike most of his TV detective peers, he dressed disheveled, and mostly used his charm and guile to talk his way out of trouble, instead of shooting.

The show was known for quick wit and car chases. Both are in abundance in movies these days, but if balanced properly, this could be a nice role for Vaughn.

NBC had been trying to reboot the show in recent years to no avail. No word on a release date at this point.

What do you think of Vince Vaughn as Jim Rockford?

Extra Tidbit: I am still pretending that FRED CLAUS and FOUR CHRISTMASES never happened.
Source: Deadline

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9:44PM on 04/19/2012
I grew up, each week waiting to hear the latest message on Jim Rockford's answering machine, so it goes without saying, I'm a big Rockford Files fan, but the thought of a Rockford Files movie completely turns me off. Some concepts which are great as a weekly TV show, just stink when translated to the big screen, and I can't help but think this is one of those. Also, the reason people watched the Rockford Files was not because it was a great detective show (it really wasn't), it was because
I grew up, each week waiting to hear the latest message on Jim Rockford's answering machine, so it goes without saying, I'm a big Rockford Files fan, but the thought of a Rockford Files movie completely turns me off. Some concepts which are great as a weekly TV show, just stink when translated to the big screen, and I can't help but think this is one of those. Also, the reason people watched the Rockford Files was not because it was a great detective show (it really wasn't), it was because they loved James Garner, and Vince Vaughn is no James Garner.
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9:44AM on 04/18/2012
The Rockford Files is one of those shows that has aged brilliantly, mostly because of James Garner's irresistible charm as Jim Rockford. I would've rather someone like Sam Rockwell be given this vehicle, as he has a similar laid-back charm, but if done right it could be Vince Vaughn's chance at resuscitating his career as it is. But don't give it the "Starsky and Hutch" treatment where everything is a joke.
The Rockford Files is one of those shows that has aged brilliantly, mostly because of James Garner's irresistible charm as Jim Rockford. I would've rather someone like Sam Rockwell be given this vehicle, as he has a similar laid-back charm, but if done right it could be Vince Vaughn's chance at resuscitating his career as it is. But don't give it the "Starsky and Hutch" treatment where everything is a joke.
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9:45PM on 04/19/2012
Well said.
Well said.
3:41AM on 04/18/2012

Very possibly

The worst idea ever.
The worst idea ever.
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11:12PM on 04/17/2012
Just PLEASE don't reboot and butcher Magnum PI. PLEASE DON'T.
Just PLEASE don't reboot and butcher Magnum PI. PLEASE DON'T.
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8:59PM on 04/17/2012
Rockford had one of the best opening themes ever..I hope they don't try to update it.
Rockford had one of the best opening themes ever..I hope they don't try to update it.
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6:44PM on 04/17/2012
This could be a good vehicle for him.
This could be a good vehicle for him.
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6:08PM on 04/17/2012
Cool
Cool
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5:52PM on 04/17/2012
If its a retro style 70's take a la Starsky & Hutch (but not neccessarily as lighthearted), then I'm interested. Otherwise, meh...

Anyway, I liked Starsky & Hutch for its stupid fun and the great chemestry between the 3 stars. If either Stiller and/or Wilson joins the cast, my interest level will certainly rise.
If its a retro style 70's take a la Starsky & Hutch (but not neccessarily as lighthearted), then I'm interested. Otherwise, meh...

Anyway, I liked Starsky & Hutch for its stupid fun and the great chemestry between the 3 stars. If either Stiller and/or Wilson joins the cast, my interest level will certainly rise.
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5:44PM on 04/17/2012
rockford files was one of my favourite shows of all time. if they don't make it a whacky comedy like starsky and hutch and 21 jump street i'm on board.
rockford files was one of my favourite shows of all time. if they don't make it a whacky comedy like starsky and hutch and 21 jump street i'm on board.
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