Comedian Dax Shepard is set to write, direct and star in a feature film reboot of the classic 1970s/80s TV series “CHiPS” for Primate Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.
The original followed two officers, Officer Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) and Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello (Erik Estrada), who patrolled the highways of California armed with motorcycles and tight khaki cop uniforms.
Shepard is set and Michael Pena is attached to play Baker and Ponch respectively. Warners tried to adapt the property into a comedy film a few years ago, but the project stalled. This version is said to boast a more serious tone along “Bad Boys” or “Lethal Weapon” lines.
Shepard expects to perform his own riding and stunts as he’s a professional driver of race cars and motorcycles. Andrew Panay is producing.