|Air Date||March 24, 2017|
Warner Bros. is adapting "CHiPs" for the big screen and has hired Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) to reprise the role of "Ponch," a part immortalized by Erik Estrada. Variety says TV showrunners Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove will write the screenplay.
The feature version will be much more lighthearted, an action comedy like Warner Bros.' Starsky & Hutch adaptation.
Warner Bros. still has to cast the role of Jon Baker, as well as bring on a director.
This was originally planned for 2009, but was pushed back to 2011 in early 2009 and later pushed back to 2013.
On September 2, 2014, Warner Bros. formally announced the film and that Andrew Panay would be producing along with Dax Shepard. Shepard would also write, direct and star in the film. It was announced that Panay would produce the film through his Panay Films along with Ravi Mehta. In August 2015, the film was selected by the California Film Commission to receive $5.1 million in tax credits.
Principal photography began on October 21, 2015. The film was originally planned for an August 11, 2017, but it was moved up to March 24, 2017.
Dax Shepard (“Hit and Run,” TV’s “Parenthood”) and Michael Peña (“The Martian”) star in the action comedy “CHIPS.” Shepard also directs from a script he penned based on the characters from the popular ‘70s television series created by Rick Rosner.
Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP.
The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work… if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.
Also starring are Rosa Salazar (“Insurgent”), Adam Brody (“Think Like a Man Too”), Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars”), and Vincent D’Onofrio (“Jurassic World”).
“CHIPS” is produced by Andrew Panay (“Earth to Echo,” “Wedding Crashers”),who produced Shepard’s directorial debut “Hit and Run,” and Ravi Mehta (“Get Hard”). The executive producers are Robert J. Dohrmann, Nate Tuck, Rick Rosner, Michael Peña, and Dax Shepard.
Collaborating with Shepard behind the scenes are cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen (“Now You See Me”), production designer Maher Ahmad (“Get Hard”), editor Dan Lebental (“Ant-Man”) and costume designer Diane Crooke (TV’s “Parenthood”). The music is composed by Fil Eisler.
Opening in theaters March 24, 2017, “CHIPS” is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, an Andrew Panay Production, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.