Former CHiPs actors not big fans of the reboot

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We posted the first trailer of the upcoming CHiPs reboot last week and while I’m not a fan of reboots, the trailer certainly looked like a lot of fun. However, it does seem like Hollywood looked at the success of 21 Jump Street which turned the concept of the original series on its head and become a complete different R-Rated comedy filled with raucous antics – and decided to just roll with it. This trend is being continued with Baywatch and now seemingly with CHiPs as well.

And whereas 21 Jump Street featured cameo appearances from the original cast and Baywatch will apparently do so as well, I wouldn’t expect the same thing to happen with CHiPs. It doesn’t seem like Erik Estrada and Larry D Wilcox, who played the original characters (played by Michael Pena and Dax Shepard in the movie) in the TV series, are too happy with the direction the movie has taken.

Larry Wilcox tweeted his disappointment in the film saying that it ruined the brand of CHiPs with a later tweet claiming the pair had watched the movie and thought it was “PURE TRASH”:

I think it’s always nice for remakes to get the blessing of the original cast members, but this can’t always be the case. And while I’m hesitant of the film turning into an unnecessary raunch fest, I also feel that any reboot needs to do something more modern to appeal to today’s audiences. Being R-rated might not be the right choice, but it will probably be the one that gives it the most chance of being a success.

The original series made its debut almost 34 years ago (who else feels old hearing that?) and so times have certainly changed and the movie needs to reflect the changing of those times. I’m not too concerned by the thoughts of the original cast of the movie, but perhaps they are on to something.

CHiPs is out on Mar 24, 2017 and also stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar, and Kristen Bell.

Last Updated: January 17, 2017

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Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

  • Dutch Matrix

    Uhhhh… where does Erik and Larry call it trash???
    That seems to come from random tweeter nr 56.
    Also, no. If modern remakes of classic shows are all going to be immature dick jokes etc then count me out. The A team was a flop, 21 Jump Street moreso and now with CHiPs as well?
    They cannot even get the spelling of the show right!

  • MonsterCheddar

    People should lighten the f%ck up.

  • Magoo

    Just realized the original film is more than a decade older than me. <.<

    I am the target market. THIS IS MY WORLD NOW. FEAR MY OPINION!

    • Captain JJ

      Who are you again? 😛

  • Captain JJ

    I agree with them. I’m tired of Hollywood making a joke out of anything that came out of the 80s. Chips deserves a decent movie not another one of the comedies that we’ll forget about in a few years.

    • MonsterCheddar

      But there are only so many ways you can make Highway Patrol interesting. Look at Super Troopers. If you made a pure action movie, I think it will suck

      • Captain JJ

        Still. They’re shitting on the franchise with this movie. Not every remake of an 80s series or movie HAS to be a comedy. I grew up watching this stuff and THAT is not CHiPS.

        • MonsterCheddar

          But the original show was sooooooo kak….

          • Captain JJ

            Maybe if you rewatch it now you might think so. But at the time, CHiPS was one of the shows to watch. But that’s my 5 cents. I won’t bother with this movie.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Most of the 80’s shows are kak if you watch them now. I watched the movie Commando this weekend with Arnie and Rocky IV. Man, the eighties movies. He never runs out of ammo, doesnt need to aim, grenades don’t kill him, uses one claymore and blows up a whole base. I LOL’d and LOL’d Rocky was even worse.

          • Captain JJ

            I loved the 80s and still thoroughly enjoy the movies from the 80s.

          • Hammersteyn

            Best action movies were from the 80s and early 90s. Then came the PG era. Ooooooooooooooooh little Timmy saw a pair of tits and a machine gun. Now he’s a crack dealer because his crappy parents allowed him to watch a R18 movie and it’s all Hollywood’s fault

          • Captain JJ

            Yea man. I agree.

          • MonsterCheddar

            The only 80’s and 90’s shit I can watch is Steven Seagal’s movies. Action is more realistic.

          • Hammersteyn

            But that’s the thing, who cared about realism in the 80s?

          • Captain JJ

            Tango and Cash…which I should probably not say too loudly, just now Hollywood rapes that too.

          • MonsterCheddar

            They didn’t trim eyebrows in the 80’s. Not even the chicks.

          • Captain JJ

            The men also didn’t have to have six packs to be cool.

          • MonsterCheddar

            HA HA HA HA. True

          • Hammersteyn

            They weren’t growing up. Now it’s just penis and vagina jokes

          • Captain JJ

            Yea. I mean “chip happens”. Seriously?

          • Hammersteyn

            Penis penis penis jokes!

          • MonsterCheddar

            Yep. I try and watch movies and series that I loved growing up and I just can’t without laughing.

          • Hammersteyn

            Same here.

    • Hammersteyn

      They’re pandering to the lowest common denominator. I’m tired of people giving money to Hollywood

  • Hammersteyn

    Reboots suck for the most part.

    • miaau

      Still, must do about once a week.

      Laptop gets really slow when like 3 weeks of updates want to install and I will not reboot.

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL!

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    So old people complaining about young people … seems legit.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    How can anyone complain about this movie? Michael Pena is hilarious! If he can’t cast resurrect or drop a Phoenix Down on Chips, then no one can.

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