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    Hollywood to ruin The Rockford Files

    thanks, you $#@!ing $#@!s. This was my 2nd favorite show growing up (behind Star Trek).

    Universal Pictures has set David Levien and Brian Koppelman [Rounders, Ocean's 13, A Solitary Man] to write The Rockford Files, a feature adaptation of the memorable series that ran on NBC from 1974-80 and featured James Garner as the down-and-out private eye. The studio will develop the film as a star vehicle for Vince Vaughn to play Rockford, and Vaughn and Victoria Vaughn will produce through their Universal-based Wild West Picture Show Productions banner.
    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. [Deadline]

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    Probably $#@! up the classic theme music also.

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    yes, very much a classic theme song and show. They don't need to make.

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    Some things can only be screwed up if you mess with them. With Rockford you knew at least one of two things were absolutely going to happen every episode - either the car got trashed or Rockford got beat up. Sometimes both. I guess the new version will have a 200 decibel soundtrack and CGI to make up for decent plots and acting. Are they going to open with a cell phone message?

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    Love the Rockford files. Angel Martin (Stuart Margolin) was the funniest douche bag in TV history.

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    Loved me some Rockford Files back in the day.

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    reminds me of my youth and Ben Folds Five....."watching Rockford Files to see if Angel could score some weed."

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    What's next, Barnaby Jones? That will only leave, what Emergency! and Welcome Back Kotter for 70s TV shows to make movies out of.

    With Vince Vaughn, it's obviously gonna go humorous like Starsky and 21 Jump St. I could dig it.

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    oh for $#@!s sake.

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    Because of this thread I went and checked Netflix. Turns out the show is on streaming so I started watching season 1 episode 1. Not bad so far.

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    I remember one opening of RF when someone asked Rockford for directions(Rock was in his car) he stuck out his arm to give the direction and the dude ripped Rockford's watch off his arm and took off running. Funny $#@!. It was one of my dad's favorite, along with Columbo.

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    They did the same with Dark Shadows. Could have been so cool, dark and creepy. Instead it looks like they went the comedy route. Sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas_Straggler View Post
    What's next, Barnaby Jones? That will only leave, what Emergency! and Welcome Back Kotter for 70s TV shows to make movies out of.

    With Vince Vaughn, it's obviously gonna go humorous like Starsky and 21 Jump St. I could dig it.
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    Haha Rockford's firebird blew up in the pilot and then it was good as new the next episode.

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    They could do a remake of shows like Cannon...where an aging, overweight former cop would chase down and catch world-class Olympians gone bad. Or do they already have new shows like that?
    Last edited by Victorious1; 04-20-2012 at 11:36 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusk View Post
    Haha Rockford's firebird blew up in the pilot and then it was good as new the next episode.
    He had a never ending supply of gold firebirds.

    Rockford was cool as $#@!. Even if he is Okie Sooner trash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underdog View Post
    I remember one opening of RF when someone asked Rockford for directions(Rock was in his car) he stuck out his arm to give the direction and the dude ripped Rockford's watch off his arm and took off running. Funny $#@!. It was one of my dad's favorite, along with Columbo.
    That was the 2nd to last episode of the series. A bit of trivia; they stopped production after JG was hurt (Deadlock in Parma) and had at least 4-5 more episodes written and ready to go but the premature ending of the last season spiked those scripts. Plus JG was pissed at Universal for using "Hollywood" accounting and said that every episode lost money and the series itself never made a profit---yeah right. JG had a profit sharing deal with Universal and sued the $#@! outta them and won. You will notice that all of the Rockford Files movies in the 1990s were done by Cherokee Productions, JG's production company. They did everything and gave the final cut to NBC to air. JG didn't want Universal anywhere near him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nole-4-Ever View Post
    They did the same with Dark Shadows. Could have been so cool, dark and creepy. Instead it looks like they went the comedy route. Sucks.
    Typical Tim Burton production with Johnny Depp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennesseehorn View Post
    That was the 2nd to last episode of the series. A bit of trivia; they stopped production after JG was hurt (Deadlock in Parma) and had at least 4-5 more episodes written and ready to go but the premature ending of the last season spiked those scripts. Plus JG was pissed at Universal for using "Hollywood" accounting and said that every episode lost money and the series itself never made a profit---yeah right. JG had a profit sharing deal with Universal and sued the $#@! outta them and won. You will notice that all of the Rockford Files movies in the 1990s were done by Cherokee Productions, JG's production company. They did everything and gave the final cut to NBC to air. JG didn't want Universal anywhere near him.
    Actually, the Rockford Files movies in the 1990s were aired on CBS because JG had such a bad relationship with Universal and NBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not My Real Name View Post
    Actually, the Rockford Files movies in the 1990s were aired on CBS because JG had such a bad relationship with Universal and NBC.
    You are correct, my bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokoloco View Post
    Rockford was cool as $#@!. Even if he is Okie Sooner trash
    Never met James Garner but my father-in-law has played golf with him several times and is really good buddy's with one of Garner's best friends. Supposedly he's cool as $#@!. Garner isn't doing very well health-wise and doesn't figure to be on this earth much longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas_Straggler View Post
    What's next, Barnaby Jones? That will only leave, what Emergency! and Welcome Back Kotter for 70s TV shows to make movies out of.

    With Vince Vaughn, it's obviously gonna go humorous like Starsky and 21 Jump St. I could dig it.
    How about Police Woman or the Streets of San Francisco?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Victorious1 View Post
    They could do a remake of shows like Cannon...where an aging, overweight former cop would chase down and catch world-class Olympians gone bad. Or do they already have new shows like that?
    Mark mangino in the lead role?

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    Love the Rockford files. Angel Martin (Stuart Margolin) was the funniest douche bag in TV history.
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    Which piece of hollywood arse will play beth davenport?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 89Horn View Post
    How about Police Woman or the Streets of San Francisco?




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