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Allanah Faherty

First we had The Dukes of Hazzard, then we got 21 Jump Street, and now the latest classic TV show to be remade as a movie is 1970s series, CHIPs.

Though CHIPs was originally a drama-action series, the new adaptation, which stars Michael Peña and Dax Shepard, has taken a much more comedic approach. The film follows highway patrol officers Jon Baker and Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello as their life is turned upside down after a sadistic ex-cop and his vehicle thief accomplice wreak chaos through the city of Los Angeles. Check out the trailer:

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Read the official synopsis 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.

But while Dax Shepard, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, might be trying to reinvent CHIPs for a 21st century audience, it appears that the Larry Wilcox, who played Officer Jon Baker in the original series, was far from impressed! Wilcox fired off a series of tweets in the wake of the trailer release, claiming Warner Bros. had ruined the TV series:

He also sent apologies to the new generation of CHIPs lovers who might now see the film:

But CHIPS isn't the only TV series getting a film reboot this year, with the hotly anticipated Baywatch film adaptation also heading for release on May 26. Time will tell whether or not these comedic reboots can reach the heights of 21 Jump Street and its sequel, or whether they'll be totally panned, though in the age of the "reboot and remake," it seems unlikely that even a bad reception will stop this Hollywood trend.

CHIPS hits theaters on March 24.


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