These days when old ‘light entertainment’ style 1970s and 1980s TV shows come to the big screen, we’re used to them being parodies (ala “Starsky and Hutch,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “21 Jump Street”). When the big screen adaptation of “CHiPs” was announced, many widely assumed it would adopt a similar tone.
Turns out that’s not the case. Michael Pena, who will take on Erik Estrada’s role of Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello from the original series, tells Collider that the new film will play things serious:
It’s more like a Lethal Weapon where there’s a lot of action and what we wanted to do is if there’s any comedy that we do, it’s not like one-liners here and there, like we’re the guys always being stand-up comedians. It’s almost like you lose a little bit of the plotline whenever you’re off doing your own comedy thing, so we’re focusing a little more on the plot, if that makes any sense whatsoever .
Pena adds the movie is looking for an R rating, so get ready for something far grittier than we’re probably expecting.