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Old 12-17-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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Vin Diesel Will Be ‘Kojak,’ From Bond Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade

Kojak was a big presence on TV in the ’70s, with Telly Savalas starring as the title detective from ’73 to ’78. Savalas anchored the show with strength and a rakish charm, sucking on lollipops, spouting the catchphrase “Who loves ya, baby?,” and solving crime in the middle of what might have been New York’s worst decade for crime.

Now Kojak may be reborn as a film project, as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who worked on several James Bond scripts up to and including Skyfall, have been hired to write a feature version of the character. Given that Kojak’s bald pate was among his most significant physical characteristics, it isn’t much of a surprise to hear that Vin Diesel has been attached to play the role.

Deadline says that Purvis & Wafe will “re-imagine and con temporize” Kojak, though what they’ll have to do to make that happen isn’t clear. New York is now a very different place from the city inhabited by the ’70s Kojak, but there’s plenty of crime for Diesel to fight in the city regardless. Maybe he can go after people who illegally sell oversize soft drinks, if that wouldn’t prove to be too much of a conflict with his own candy addiction.

Universal has been working slowly to develop Kojak for a while, though this is the biggest step taken towards making the film a reality. The studio also has a good thing going with Diesel, who has been a big part of the studio’s perpetually-successful The Fast and the Furious series. Universal is also releasing the third Riddick film, which Diesel and David Twohy willed into being over the past couple years.
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I strongly suspect that this will be mostly Kojax in name only and the rest will have very little ressemblance to the source.

I have to admit I never really imagine this turn into a movie, Manix is probably next
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The words "re-imagine" and "contemporize" always give me an uneasy feeling with projects like this. It always ends up completely taking the character from its roots and becoming a brainless shoot 'em up.
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Honestly, I'm kind of excited about this. Diesel has been on a hell of a roll lately in his projects, and he doesn't usually pick things unless it's a passion project of some sort. So I'm excited to see this.
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The words "re-imagine" and "contemporize" always give me an uneasy feeling with projects like this. It always ends up completely taking the character from its roots and becoming a brainless shoot 'em up.
That's what I read into it as well, I can't really see them making it like it as 35 years ago, just would not work for today's theater crowd, they have to spice things up
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How can this not be awesome? I'm in.
To crib a line from Deathtrap, even a gifted director couldn't ruin this.
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A Kojak film? Really!
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How can this not be awesome? I'm in.
I'd argue very easily, but that's just me . I like Diesel but this just sounds like a project that either won't be realised or won't work like it should.

I hope I'm proven wrong, though.

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Honestly, I'm kind of excited about this. Diesel has been on a hell of a roll lately in his projects, and he doesn't usually pick things unless it's a passion project of some sort. So I'm excited to see this.
Surprisingly, it's not even Diesel that would be the worry -- he was brilliant in Fast Five IMO, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Riddick film -- but that they just play so fast and loose with the source material it becomes beyond stupid.
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To crib a line from Deathtrap, even a gifted director couldn't ruin this.
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That's what I read into it as well, I can't really see them making it like it as 35 years ago, just would not work for today's theater crowd, they have to spice things up
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I'd argue very easily, but that's just me . I like Diesel but this just sounds like a project that either won't be realised or won't work like it should.

I hope I'm proven wrong, though.

Surprisingly, it's not even Diesel that would be the worry -- he was brilliant in Fast Five IMO, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the new Riddick film -- but that they just play so fast and loose with the source material it becomes beyond stupid.
The way I see it, considering it's written by the guys who have been doing the Bond films, it should honestly be great. They've been a great job with the series, especially 'Casino Royale' and 'Skyfall', so I'm hoping they do Kojak justice.
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Wanna bet?

Oh, and it goes without saying: Telly Savalas > Vin Diesel. Who loves ya, baby?
2+2 = 47 usually goes without saying too. You know, cause it's wrong

(don't get me wrong, I'm a child of the 60s/70s and like Telly Savalas just fine but that Diesel fella, he has some good points too)
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(don't get me wrong, I'm a child of the 60s/70s and like Telly Savalas just fine but that Diesel fella, he has some good points too)
Telly Savalas always came off a little too Rat-Pack, sort of 2 Cool 2 Act. That's about all he shares in common with Diesel, apart from ego.

That said, was there any particular backstory concept to the Kojak show beyond being a tailored vehicle for Savalas (and his brother)? I wouldn't know, I was too young to watch it back then.
And yeah, there's no crime like 70's-NYC crime, the new post-Giuliani kids today just don't get it.
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what a disrespect for the late Telly Savalas, pathetic


I would love for the classic 70's TV to go blu though
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what a disrespect for the late Telly Savalas, pathetic


I would love for the classic 70's TV to go blu though
Jumping the gun much? No reason to think it'll be disrespectful. Not all TV shows turned movies are bad.
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Jumping the gun much? No reason to think it'll be disrespectful. Not all TV shows turned movies are bad.
well they could get a Greek in the part then, they tried with am African American Kojak (Ving Rhames) and it did'nt click, lasted 10 episodes too many
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That said, was there any particular backstory concept to the Kojak show beyond being a tailored vehicle for Savalas (and his brother)?
Not that I can remember, no. Which makes talk about the character's roots and respect for the source material seem a little knee-jerk. It was pretty much just a cop show with Telly Savalas. Something like Columbo or The Rockford Files was smartly written from the start and an actual character developed fairly quickly. Kojak struck me as more toward the Baretta/TJ Hooker end of the scale.

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And yeah, there's no crime like 70's-NYC crime, the new post-Giuliani kids today just don't get it.
I can't always tell when you're kidding but there's definitely a lot of truth to that. Son of Sam, Kitty Genovese, New York defaulting on loans...the stuff going on then wasn't really any worse than anything going on now but it all had a (then) new 'collapse of civilization' feel that scared the living hell out of middle-class white folk from sea to shining sea.
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well they could get a Greek in the part then, they tried with am African American Kojak (Ving Rhames) and it did'nt click, lasted 10 episodes too many
In you opinion. I didn't think that remake was so bad. This could be something really good, that pays homage to the original, while bringing something new to the table. With great writers on board, and a good actor to boot, this could be really good. There's no reason to sound the alarms yet about it being bad.
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