CHiPs was a (somewhat) popular show back in the late 70s and early 80s, focusing on the adventures of California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers. And now, over three decades since it last aired on television, CHiPs is a feature film.
Here’s the trailer:
There isn’t an official synopsis yet for the film, but really how different can it be from the TV show?
This is an odd movie for a number of reasons. Odd because the source material predates half of the moviegoing public; odd because I don’t even think reruns of the original CHiPs series are anywhere on TV; odd because this movie, about a show from the 70s, feels incredibly 90s.
Back in the 90s, remaking old TV shows into feature films was all the rage. There was the good (The Addams Family), the average (The Brady Bunch), and the terrible (The Beverly Hillbillies). That nostalgic grab leaked over into the early 2000s with dreck like Starsky and Hutch, but it seemed as if Hollywood figured out their audience was getting a little too far away from the source material to care about a remake.
But that didn’t stop Dax Shepard apparently. CHiPs stars Shepard, who also directed, and Michael Peña as Ponch. CHiPs will hit theaters March 24, so if you need to catch up on the original series you’d better get to it.