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Vince Vaughn Stepping Into James Garner’s Shoes for ‘The Rockford Files’ Movie

Written by on April 17, 2012 

Making his first foray into the (rocky) world of TV-to-film adaptations since 2004’s Starsky & Hutch, Deadline reports that Vince Vaughn will headline a 21st-century take on another ’70s TV classic, The Rockford Files. Brian Koppelman and David Levien have been pegged to script the film for Universal, while Vaughn is also producing via his Wild West Picture Show Productions. A director is yet to be signed, though a steady development should change that in good time. (Well, you already knew that.)

The original, six-season series, led by one James Garner, focused on Jim Rockford, an ex-convict-cum-private eye who uses his wit and powers of persuasion to not only solve cases, but also get himself out of the jams they often create. Now, I might not be Vaughn‘s biggest supporter — even if he is, on the whole, fine — but Rockford might be the perfect character for his own stylings, entirely regardless of how you feel about them in the first place. And there is, of course, his trademark mobile home — which will undoubtedly get some kind of upgrade for the modern era.

Reservations about the star could render Koppelman and Levien my main source of hope for this thing; their ability to translate some slickness to seedy territory (Rounders, for example) could work well in a detective story, after all. Would you want this to be entirely polished, anyway? That’s not very Rockford Files.

Is Vaughn a suitable pick for this update? Is this a series that even needs a big-screen spin?

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