A carmaker conflict has caused NBC to hire Val Kilmer to replace Will Arnett as the voice of KITT on its “Knight Rider” revival reports Variety.
Arnett (“Arrested Development”) had already completed his part for the pic, which is slated to debut on NBC in less than two weeks and the producers were happy with his performance.
Problem is, Arnett had a contractual conflict of interest – having done voice-over work for General Motors for almost a decade, whereas ‘Knight’ is heavily sponsored by Ford who’s taking an active role in the production.
Not surprisingly, when GM found out about the Ford connection, it asked Arnett to pull out. While NBC and Universal Media Studios will have to scramble to replace Arnett’s dialogue with Kilmer’s work, the upside is landing a well-known name for the part.