T.J. Hooker Hooking Up with Big Screen

By Tim Surette

Jul 06, 2009

Reinventing Transformers for today's audiences I get. Giving another chance to shows like V and Alien Nation seems within reason, as well. A modern-day retelling of MacGyver? It's a stretch, but hey, that's Hollywood. But T.J. Hooker? That's just plain silly.

Clearly we weren't consulted when producers Ryan Heppe and David Foster decided to breathe new life into the 1980s cop show. Remember T.J. Hooker? It starred William Shatner as a detective that hits the street again after his partner is murdered and whatever other cliches you care to insert. Yup, T.J. Hooker is being groomed into a movie, according to Variety.

T.J. Hooker was a surprise hit for ABC when it was launched as a midseason show in 1982. It ran for five seasons, co-starred Heather Locklear (in her prime--MEOW!) and Adrian Zmed, and featured the highest jumping-onto-the-hood-of-a-car-per-episode ratio of any show during its time.

Though T.J. Hooker was primarily a stereotypical cop drama, the big screen version will be an action comedy. This has been a common practice in Hollywood, with shows like Charlie's Angels, Dukes of Hazzard, and Starsky & Hutch abandoning their straight-faced roots and lampooning themselves as popcorn fodder.

Casting is not yet underway, but Chuck Russell, the lenser behind such gems as The Scorpion King and The Mask, is in talks to direct. And does Rick Husky, creator of the original T.J. Hooker, approve? Considering he's on board to produce the movie, we'll take that as a "yes."

T.J. Hooker as a movie -- good idea or bad idea?

TV.com has full episodes and minisodes of T.J. Hooker -- check out the minisode below and keep an eye out for Heather Locklear's sweet nightstick toss and count how many times cars run through or into bricks, junkyard debris, crates, and other crap.

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