With NBC’s latest effort to revive the TV chestnut “The Rockford Files” going up in smoke last year, Universal Pictures has decided to take a swing at the project as a feature film. The studio has settled on Vince Vaughn to step into the role made famous by James Garner, reports Deadline.com.
The original series, which ran from 1974-80 on NBC, starred Garner as a modern-day, low-paid Southern California private detective. Vince Vaughn and Victoria Vaughn will produce the film via their Universal-based Wild West Picture Show Productions banner.
The original series was created by Roy Huggins ("Maverick") and Stephen J. Cannell ("The A Team"). For the new film, writers David Levien and Brian Koppelman are being brought in to adapt the material for the big screen.
The news comes just after word surfaced that the Vaughns’ Wild West has a TV series in the works about security operatives, as previously reported.
Vince Vaughn is busy these days. The story reports: “Vaughn just signed to re-team with his ‘Wedding Crashers’ co-star Owen Wilson in the Fox comedy ‘The Internship,’ and will next be seen alongside Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill in the Fox comedy ‘Neighborhood Watch’ and the Stephen Frears-directed ‘Lay The Favorite.’”