Vince Vaughn will star in a ‘Rockford Files’ movie
By Rick Porter; April 17, 2012 5:49 PM ET
Universal Pictures is developing a big-screen remake of “The Rockford Files,” with Vince Vaughn set to take the title role.
Vaughn will also be a producer on the project, which David Levien and Brian Koppelman (“Ocean’s Thirteen,” “Rounders”) will write, Deadline reports. Vaughn would step into the role of small-time private eye Jim Rockford, memorably played by James Garner in the 1974-80 TV series.
Universal sibling NBC tried its own “Rockford Files” remake a couple years ago, with Dermot Mulroney starring and “House” creator David Shore writing the script. It never got past the pilot stage, though.
The movie version was just given the go-ahead, so it’s not clear if it would be a straight remake set in the present, something that attempts to re-create the vibe of mid- to late-’70s Los Angeles or a “Brady Bunch”/”Three Stooges”-esque character-out-of-time hybrid. Inevitably, though, the project will be freighted with tons of comparisons between the easygoing character Garner played and Vaughn’s typically more live-wire persona.by: Anonymous replies 2104/17/2012 @ 06:19PM
What a bunch of horseshit. James Garner was good looking when he did Rockford Files. Vince however is a bloated ugly Republican pig.
Hollywood really is out of ideas, aren’t they?by: Anonymous reply 204/17/2012 @ 08:41PM
Why does that bloated, puffy, sweaty alcoholic Vaughn still get movie roles? He is gross. James Garner was fine as hell when he did The Rockford Files, and they’re going for Vaughn in the role? Please.by: Anonymous reply 404/17/2012 @ 08:56PM
No. Vaughn has grown flat and sloppy and he’s way too snarky for Rockford.
Give it to Josh Holloway (Sawyer on Lost). He’s much better looking and can play funny, tough and exasperated pretty well.
Second choice: Eric Bana. Sexy and, if you’ve ever seen his comedy work, very funny. I just don’t know whether he can hit the right note of seediness.by: Anonymous reply 504/17/2012 @ 08:58PM
There is no one like James Garner in TV/films now.by: Anonymous reply 604/17/2012 @ 09:02PM
What was his last hit? It’s amazing how some actors keep getting jobs. I am going out on a limb and calling this a bomb already.by: Anonymous reply 704/17/2012 @ 09:02PM
Sawyer as Rockford would be fun.by: Anonymous reply 804/17/2012 @ 09:03PM
I dont care if Bill Murray hates the script for Ghostbusters III. As long as they can get the Staypuff Marshmellow Man then who needs any of them. Might be tough though, I hear Mr. Staypuff has become a real ass. Demands only green M&Ms in his trailer, and rumor has it he shredded the script. Oh well…Maybe the Michelen Tire Guy is open. He’s supposed to be a lot nicer.by: Anonymous reply 904/18/2012 @ 01:07AM
Vaughn is a terrible choice. Garner was overwhelmingly, utterly likeable, while Vaughn always seems to be nasty under the surface. Under Garner’s surface was just more charm, it seemed to go all the way down.
Hugh Jackman is the only modern actor I can think of who has anything like that quality, more so than Bana. But neither has anything like Garner’s mellowness, but who does.by: Anonymous reply 1004/18/2012 @ 05:15AM
I wouldn’t mind seeing Cheyenne Jackson play Rockford. He comes close to capturing Garner’s easygoing charm. Maybe Channing Tatum as an alternate. Or even Ryan Reynolds.
But Vince Vaughn? Hell to the no.by: Anonymous reply 1104/18/2012 @ 06:14AM
Wasn’t this idea floated a year or two ago?by: Anonymous reply 1204/18/2012 @ 06:49AM
Replacing classy James Garner with that thing?by: Anonymous reply 1304/18/2012 @ 07:32AM
I dunno. Jon Hamm often reminds me of James Garner. He’s suave, self-deprecating and utterly handsome like Garner at his prime. Hamm would have been the perfect choice.by: Anonymous reply 1404/18/2012 @ 07:41AM
Why bother to remake it. I loved James Garner, but this isn’t one of those memorable, speical series or characters. I think Maverick tanked when Mel gibson did it, and he was popular back then. Unless they’re “reimagining” Rockford Files this is going to be a disaster. Next thing you know they’ll be talking about Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson for it too. Ugh. And Vince Vaughan’s sweaty bloat is from drugs AND alcohol, not just alcohol. Coke.by: Anonymous reply 1504/18/2012 @ 07:55AM
I find this trend of turning a TV series into a movie kind of stupid. I saw the original series, and I don’t want them to turn it into a comedy.
But it seems Hollywood is so averse to risk right now that all they’ll do is turn series into movies, and remake old films.
I have to wonder, the revenue stream must be drying up. Who the hell wants to see this crap?by: LuciferTheLightBringer (authenticated) reply 1604/18/2012 @ 09:23AM
[R14], you’re right - maybe Jon Hamm - but he’s the only one!by: R6 reply 1704/18/2012 @ 09:38AM
Even better, a naked Jon Hamm.by: Anonymous reply 1804/18/2012 @ 10:25AM
Mmmmmmm…by: Anonymous reply 1904/18/2012 @ 09:22PM