Glen starts talking about Knight Rider around the 9:00 minute mark. The whole interview is interesting, but what got my attention is Glen’s less than flattering opinion of Team Knight Rider (‘one of the biggest disasters in the history of television’) and the reboot from 2008. Both sequels failed, in Glen’s view, because they deviated from the central concept of the show - one man and one car. TKR introduced too many central cast members - 'six guys and six vehicles talking at once!’ - and the 2008 series diluted the focus of the original show by making Mike and KITT part of a government-run operation, at least before the retooling mid-season. KR08 also faced the same problem that the doomed final season of the original series struggled with - how to update Kitt to keep him futuristic ('It’s easier the first time’, as Glen says). In my view, they went too far in the reboot with all the CGI, in the same way that Super Pursuit Mode looked like a desperate measure back in the 80s.
So - updating doesn’t work, because changes usually comes at a cost (the spirit of the show), and the original concept is no longer enough for a 'modern’ audience. The only take left is gentle mockery, like the 21 Jump Street film. I think Glen Larson and David Hasselhoff should therefore just give up the ghost. I hope this new feature film never happens, I really do. I have my DVD boxset and my memories, and that’s enough for me. Stop dressing up old shows in computer trickery, because the track record - especially for Knight Rider - isn’t exactly encouraging.