Surely you know we bow to no one in our appreciation of The Rockford Files. Per Deadline, Universal Pictures is having David Levien and Brian Koppelman write a feature film version to star Vince Vaughn. Here’s how they put it:
In the original series created by Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell, Rockford was a private eye who’d 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. Vaughn certainly has that verbal dexterity. Universal’s sister network NBC has been trying to relaunch The Rockford Files as a TV series but put the brakes on it last year.
If you’re asking us, Vaughn’s not going to really work the checks off that sportcoat like the chiseled James Garner, who was most hilarious while being laconic, annoyed, and dour. Vaughn’s rapid-fire word-spew brand of comedy might be a closer fit for Angel than Jim Rockford, no?
Does this casting choice rise to the firestorm level of Cruise as Reacher? You tell us!
Hat tip: Omnimystery News