James Garner's hit TV series "The Rockford Files" was tremendously popular between 1974 and 1980, earning itself a Billboard Top Ten single for its theme song and the #39 spot on TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The series starred Garner as a disheveled private investigator barely making payments on his mobile home with infrequent jobs, portrayed on a weekly basis (maybe he did okay after all). A few years ago, NBC tried to reboot the show in a new series starring Dermot Mulroney, but that stalled out, leaving room for a major motion picture adaptation produce by and starring Vince Vaughn.
Deadline reports that Universal is prepping The Rockford Files from a script being written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman, whose screenplay for Runner Runner has just been picked up by New Regency, with Ben Affleck and Justin Timeberlake starring as an offshore gambling entrepreneur and his protege, respectively. The Rockford Files would be the biggest lead role for Vaughn, who has spent the last decade focusing on ensemble comedies, since 1998's remake of Psycho. Luckily, the odds of Universal planning a shot-for-shot remake of the original TV series is minimal.
The question, of course, is whether a Vince Vaughn version of The Rockford Files would be taken halfway seriously, or if they'd go the jokey Starsky & Hutch route. Are there any fans of the series young enough to demand absolute fealty? Do you care one way or the other?
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