Vin Diesel Is ‘Kojak’!

‘Skyfall’ writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing the screenplay for this Universal Pictures drama based on the 1970s TV series.

Vin Diesel will star in Universal's Kojak adaptation
Vin Diesel will star in Universal's Kojak adaptation
Universal Pictures has cast The Fast and the Furious 6 star Vin Diesel to play the title character in their adaptation of the TV series Kojak.

Skyfall writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are writing the screenplay. We reported last month that Skyfall is the last James Bond movie they will write, after having penned the scripts for The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace.

The Kojak TV series ran from 1973 to 1978, starring Telly Savalas as bald New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. He was known for his signature lollipop, and was a proud Greek American who often celebrated his heritage. This version will be re-imagined in a modern-day setting. Vin Diesel will also produce alongside Samantha Vincent. While Telly Savalas was of Greek decent, Vin Diesel is not, claiming himself to be, "Definitely a person of color, of ambiguous ethnicity, Italian and a lot of other stuff."

No production schedule was given. Vin Diesel will next be seen on the big screen reprising his role as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious 6, arriving in theaters next summer.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. zeus

    @Roberto-Mata Sometimes it really doesn't matter who directs, if the script is good, it will work. But if i was to mention someone, especially based on the caliber of the film, i will say Rob Cohen

    2 years agoby @zeusFlag

  2. Roberto Mata

    @zeus Agreed, we finally have the chance to see him in an other role, that doesn't have anything to do with Cars or Planets, with this role he will finally shine as an actor, he will pull off a badass Kojak! @narrator Good Question. Who will direct?

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  3. the Narrator

    Agreed, guys. Diesel might just shine in this role, compliments of the solid script that's bound to come from these guys. My only real question is who they'll pursue for a director. That may make or break this film.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  4. zeus

    Finally, Vinny decides to do something else other than more sequels. Kojak was a bad motherf*cker, Ving Rhames did a remake of the television series, obviously it didnt leave a mark, since no one here has mentioned it yet. But i think this will work and with Purvis/Wade, this could be good, after all its there first movie(i presume) since leaving the Bond series, so they will want to make an impact!!

    2 years agoby @zeusFlag

  5. phatalphd

    Didnt think it was a good fit til I clicked and remembered what Savalas looked like. Looks like a great pic now

    2 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  6. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Same here. Love the choice of Diesel as Kojak! This could be a pleasant surprise.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Don't substitute story with action, because when casting an action star, it tends to be the norm. I'll give the writers the benefit of the doubt.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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