Monday, December 24, 2012

Vin Diesel is 'Kojak'

Two veteran James Bond movie screenwriters will bring the classic small screen cop Kojak to the big screen with none other than Vin Diesel in the title role of NYPD Lieutenant Detective Theo Kojak.

According to Deadline, Universal has tapped Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Skyfall, Die Another Day) to script Kojak. Diesel will also produce the film with Samantha Vincent.

The TV series ran on CBS from 1973-78 and made Savalas, then best known for (usually bad guy) roles in films such as On Her Majesty's Secret Service and The Dirty Dozen, into an international sex symbol.

Savalas would later reprise the role in later TV movies. Kojak loved himself some cigarettes and lollipops and was known for his catchphrase "Who loves ya, baby?" The character was a composite of several real-life NYPD detectives.

Ving Rhames most recently played Kojak in a short-lived TV series revival.

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