‘T.J. Hooker’ Coming To The Big Screen

William Shatner’s past performances just keep living, breathing, and remaking themselves. “Star Trek” is now neatly rebooted with J.J. Abrams and Chris Pine. Meanwhile, Shatner’s other sci-fi series “Tek War” has been revived as a comic book. Now Variety reveals that the “Trek” captain’s private dick TV series “T.J. Hooker” is headed to the big screen for its moment of remade glory.

David Foster, Ryan Heppe and series creator Rick Husky are producing the film, while Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson have the task of writing the script. Chuck Russell (“The Scorpion King”) is in talks to direct. No actors have yet been attached to the project.

“T.J. Hooker” was Shatner’s heralded return to television in the 1980s, and this project undoubtedly got a boost from the resurgence of “Trek” on the big screen. The series followed the beat of plainclothes detective Thomas “T.J.” Hooker, who returned to the streets as a patrol sergeant determined to rid Los Angeles of the criminals who had killed his partner.

He was your typical no-nonsense rogue cop, frequently clashing with his captain, but earning the respect of everyone else for how he got the job done. While Shatner was certainly the star of the series, men all across the country have very fond memories of Heather Locklear joining the force as Officer Stacy Sheridan.

The Variety piece reveals that the movie will be an action comedy, and will be centered around Hooker’s relationship with his father. Could it be that they’ll tweak the story so that Shatner plays the original now-retired Hooker and his son will take over the family name? Or will we see a younger version of television’s brash sergeant roaming the streets of L.A.? Either way, let’s hope they find a part for Shatner so that he doesn’t suffer another “Star Trek” disappointment.

Readers, do you want a T.J. Hooker movie? Is Shatner the only man for the part, or would you like to see them recast the character?

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