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Remakes and reboot are all the rage right now in Hollywood, and not just with older movies. Plenty of television shows from decades past are being redone. CHIPS is the latest property to be given such treatment, over 30 years after the original TV series concluded. With only a few months to go until CHIPS hits theaters, Warner Bros has finally released the first trailer for the big screen re-telling, and it's wild!
Starring Dax Shepard as Officer Jon Baker and Michael Peña as Officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello, CHIPS will follow two middle-aged motorcycle cops in LA who are assigned highway patrol. Sounds simple enough, but they'll soon fiend themselves in a situation more dangerous than they ever imagined, as they'll have to face off against a rogue ex-cop, played by Vincent D'Onofrio, and his gang of thieves, who are causing chaos throughout the city. The cast also includes Wilmer Valderrama, Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar, Kristen Bell and Maya Rudolph.
As you can see in the trailer, which premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, the CHIPS movie is putting a twist on the original TV show's formula by putting Michael Peña's character undercover to investigate crooked cops. Franks Poncherello might have been a fine name in the late '70s and early '80s, but in this contemporary tale, it's Michael Peña's fake identity given to him by the FBI. "Ponch" will be paired Dax Shepard's Jon Baker, a cop whose had more surgeries than most people have in a lifetime and is desperate to save his marriage. Give those two motorcycles, put them out in the field, cue shenanigans.
While the CHIPS TV series was a drama infused with lighthearted elements, the movie is going all out with the comedy. Aimed squarely at folks into the Jump Street movies, Hangover series and others of their ilk, CHIPS will have plenty of those kind of R-rated laughs with explosive actions. In the midst of cars crashing, buildings blowing up and bad guys accidentally being beheaded, Jon and "Ponch" will bond with one another as partners. You know, when their dicks aren't accidentally making contact with the other man. Yes, that really happens in the trailer.
Along with the new trailer, Warner Bros also released a new poster for CHIPS today. See, the tagline below is funny because "Chip" is standing in where "Shit" is usually placed...okay, you didn't need me to explain it.
CHIPS races into theaters on March 24, 2017, putting it up against Life and Power Rangers that opening weekend. Let us know what you thought of the trailer in the comments below.