Last week, the latest in a long, and frankly quite exhausting, line of reboots, the trailer for the upcoming film, CHIPS was released. But unlike the 1970s series the film is based upon, writer, director and star, Dax Shepard seems to have opted for generous doses of humor over the drama of the original series, and it turns out the stars of the original TV series are far from impressed.
Immediately following the trailer drop on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry Wilcox, who played Officer Jon Baker in the original series, tweeted his anger at the Warner Bros. remake:
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And Wilcox isn't alone, with former costar Eric Estrada, who played Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello, chiming in this week with his thoughts on the remake, retweeting two fan tweets who slammed the adaption, calling it "pure trash."
It appears that both of the original stars seem to have taken issue with the use of the series name on a film which seems to have only a loose link to the premise of the original show. Estrada in particular seems horrified with the use of guns in the film adaptation given that the character in the series never wielded theirs, which was part of what made the original series so family friendly. In fact he even told Comicbook.com back in 2014 how difficult a remake of the series would be. Estrada said:
"It would be kind of difficult to do that show today without having all this visual sensationalism that we’ve all become accustomed to... I'm sure there would be a tremendous amount of special effects if they do a CHiPs movie. And the truth is, they’d probably have to go out of the box and they'd probably have to do things that the California Highway Patrol themselves would not endorse because they won't tolerate anything improper, inappropriate behavior by their officers. So it would be tough to make. You'd have to make it super visually enjoyable because it would be very difficult. I don’t know how they would do that, especially compared to that time in America in TV and now. It would be tough."
Aside from starring Shepard as Officer Jon Baker, the CHIPS remake will also star Micheal Peña as Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello, as well as Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph, Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Vincent D'Onofrio and Adam Rodriguez. Read the official synopsis for CHIPS below:
In CHIPs, Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work… if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.
CHIPS hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
Are you looking forward to the CHIPS film or not?