A strange turn of events was reported by Knight Rider insider Shapeshifter over at the Knight Rider Online forums. Unfortunately, due to contract issues, Will Arnett had to back out of the project a few weeks ago, and will no longer be voicing K.I.T.T.
The new voice of K.I.T.T. is none other than Val Kilmer. The producers are reportedly very happy with the choice, and voice work on the production resumed today.
What an amazing choice! I’m reminded of what Glen Larson said on the original series’ DVD commentary… with a fantasy premise like Knight Rider, you have to fill it with really good actors to make it work. This new Knight Rider is anchored with the excellent Bruce Davison, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, and Justin Bruening and Deanna Russo both come from soap backgrounds like Hasselhoff, and there are some other interesting names in there. And now Val Kilmer.
Whether he would remain onboard if the show is picked up for a series is unknown, but this is sure to add some more weight to this already massive project!
Shapeshifter’s original post can be found over at Knight Rider Online:
Shapeshifter’s Bombshell – Val Kilmer as Voice of K.I.T.T.