A one-time Emmy winner as best drama series — and one of the most beloved TV shows ever — may finally get remade as a theatrical feature starring box-office favorite Vince Vaughn.
"Universal Pictures is bringing in Chuck Hogan to rewrite 'The Rockford Files' for Vince Vaughn to star," reports Mike Fleming Jr. in a scoop for Deadline.
The story adds: "Hogan, whose novel 'Prince Of Thieves' was the basis for the superb Ben Affleck-directed crime thriller 'The Town,' will rewrite the 'Rockford' script originally penned by the script team of David Levien and Brian Koppelman. Vaughn is going to play Jim Rockford, in 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. Vaughn and Victoria Vaughn will produce through their Universal-based Wild West Picture Show Productions banner."
"The Rockford Files," created by Stephen J. Cannell and Roy Huggins ("The Fugitive"), was a prime-time staple on NBC in the 1970s. David Chase, who created "The Sopranos," was one of the producers on the series.
The show was famous for its light, wry touch, carried off perfectly by Garner and a terrific supporting cast, most notably Noah Beery Jr., Stuart Margolin and Joe Santos.
Below: James Garner as Rockford, left, and Vince Vaughn