Dax Shepard Is Making a CHiPs Movie

By sadiegennis

Sep 03, 2014

Dax Shepard is writing, directing, and starring in a feature film adaptation of the NBC motorcycle highway patrol dramedy CHiPS,  according to Deadline.

The Parenthood star will play straight-laced Officer Jon Baker in the role originated by Larry Wilcox on the NBC series, which ran from 1977 to 1983. Michael Pena is set to play Jon's trouble-prone partner, Frank "Ponch" Poncherello, first played by Erik Estrada.

Warner Bros. originally tried to develop a CHiPS movie a few years back with Wilmer Valderrama, who visited an executive's office wearing the tight-fitting uniform and sold the idea simply by saying, "Funny, right?" This new adaptation will reportedly be more of a Lethal Weapon action film than a comedy.


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  • Geek_Queen Sep 04, 2014

    Reboots can go either way with me. If I watched a series, and especially if I loved that series, I'm going to want things as close to the original as possible (with some exceptions here and there, of course-- depending on what they are). But if it's a series I didn't watch much of or at all, I'm not going to be as fussy (I'll still gripe but with less vigor lol). I really enjoyed CHiPS, so I'm seriously hoping the film and its actors hold the same charm as the original.

  • DSniner Sep 03, 2014

    Even these guys are laughing at the idea of a C.H.I.P.S. movie........


    Please,leave the classic TV series alone,today's actors can't fill the shoes of classic TV actors and their charisma and charm. Hasn't Hollywood learned from Miami Vice???

  • zsandmann Sep 03, 2014

    Because Dax was so good in Employee of the Month.... *vomits*

  • antdude Sep 03, 2014

    I hope the original actors make cameos!

  • chuuuuck Sep 04, 2014

    If they did in the same way that Starsky and Hutch did, That'd be cool.

  • JT_Kirk Sep 03, 2014

    Ugh, no. Dax Shephard should be playing Sgt Getraer, that's the right role for him, not Jon. Or Grossman if he put on some weight, but not at all appropriate for Jon. Jon didn't smirk, he didn't have a smugness and a wink about his portrayal, he was straight-up, he was warm and personable.

    Michael Pena seems just too serious to play Ponch, but I could see him embodying the role with some quality directing and acting groundwork. Not sure I can believe his smile tho, and Ponch needs that magic smile, that's half his character (tight pants and nice hair are the other half).

  • WavSlave Sep 03, 2014

    I really don't care for Wilmer V at all but even I will admit that he might've made a good Ponch. Well, at least in looks. His voice -- ugh -- is another matter entirely.

    Coincidentally (?), MeTV began daily reruns of the original CHiPs episodes just this past week. Man, I'm ashamed of how many of those I watched as a kid. ;-D

  • Akyriel Sep 03, 2014

    And I made a point to begin watching and I missed Monday's first episode, but caught yesterday's. I only remember seeing just a few episodes when i was younger, so it should be fun to watch for a bit. Thankfully, MeTV airs episodes in order, for the most part anyway., and I hope they stick with that.

    Not happy with them taking off Mod Squad with just two season left. It's not like they don't have another hour of time to put on.

  • WavSlave Sep 03, 2014

    Heh, I also missed the first one on Monday but caught Tuesday's.

    They just re-added Mission: Impossible (yay!) but only on Sunday nights, unlike the nightly airings it was getting when it was last on their schedule. Black Sheep Squadron is another "new" addition to the lineup. I was kind of hoping they would add that one. It's the sort of thing that's right up their alley.

    Other than obviously having to edit things for time, they treat their shows and audience pretty well. Yes, they stick with the proper airing order and they never molest the closing credits. Not many networks can make that claim today.

  • Akyriel Sep 04, 2014

    And I missed tonight's CHiPs. 5pm is not good time for me.

    I was keeping track of Mission Impossible when it aired late nights in hopes they would start from the beginning again and I could start watching, but then they took it off. Maybe this time? Personally looking forward to Man from UNCLE.

    Our affiliate actually has/had a bad time misjudging the timing of their own inserted commercials and cutting into the show after a break and pre-empting the beginning of scenes and even missing the end credits altogether. I e-mailed them about it, they even replied, and they seem to have improved.

    Now, if we could get them to stop thinking everyone who watches their network is old, sick, disabled, and.or feeble judging from their commercials, I'd be much happier.

    They are what TV Land should have been. I even think they could have potential to be to classic TV what TCM is to movies, particularly if they were to somehow become a cable network with better ad support.

  • dude19 Sep 03, 2014

    I have to agree. Not a fan but he may ahve been good in the role.

  • Thanatos360 Sep 03, 2014

    Yeah it seems that as the show went on they ran out of ideas and the show started to get more and more ridiculous. Hopefully the movie will be good.