Deals: Wilmer Valderrama, Sarah Michelle Gellar

9145__wilmer_l-From the ”Duh” Department: Wilmer Valderrama (left) will fill Erik Estrada’s boots as the star of the big-screen version of CHiPs. No word on who’ll play Jon to Valderrama’s Ponch.

-Sarah Michelle Gellar returns in Grudge sequel, though only for long enough to pass the curse on to somebody else.

-From the Cheap Irony Department: Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick’s latest doc, This Film Is Not Yet Rated examines what he says is the movie-ratings board’s lenience toward big-studio movies and violent content and its alleged bias against independent films and sexual content. Last week, the board slapped Dick’s film with an NC-17 rating. Fortunately, the Independent Film Channel plans to air it uncensored next year.

-Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! meets The Fast and the Furious. Director Rob Cohen will film a biopic of boobsploitation auteur Russ Meyer. Too bad Cohen’s already used the title XXX.

-Meanwhile, 2 Fast 2 Furious director John Singleton will direct another adventure on wheels, Convoy. No, it’s not a remake of the CB-era trucker classic, but an action film about American contractors driving supply trucks through the war zone in Afghanistan.

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  • EP Sato

    Astin Kutcher should be in the CHIPS movie with his former 70’s show co-star. If we’re lucky, they’ll throw in a Demi cameo. Aww yeah!

  • Thad

    Why is this movie being made? Do they DO market research? Can you say Dukes of Hazzard. Don’t make bad TV shows into worse movies. I thought CHiPs were men, not boys. Not a good career move for anyone involved. Maybe Paris Hilton could play Jon.

  • db

    What about Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite for Jon in the CHiPS movie. Doesn’t really matter, this will be a total flop.

  • Mitchell

    Only Norm Macdonald could be considered for the Jon role on CHiPS, especially if they’re considering doing a comedy. Besides, Wilmer isn’t funny, unless you consider TGIF night on ABC funny.

  • Stephanie

    Would Hollywood PLEEASE stop turning TV shows into movies. Ok. We get it, you need a quick billion, and you don’t have an orginal idea for a flick. What next “Night Court” the movie? That was a great show too, but that could never be made into a movie, and neither can CHiPs. As for John, Go ask Screech from Saved by the Bell, I hear that he’s free.

  • Bertie

    I wonder if Wilmer will sing “Celebration”…woohoo!! Good times, good times…(Really people, why the remakes??)

  • justjudith

    seriously, how many 70’s tv shows will the studios continue to rape?????? please stop going to see them and they’ll stop greenlighting these silly scripts. if b.j. and the bear shows up with freddy prinze jr. you’ll know it is the end of the world as we know it!

  • Christopher

    Chris Klein. Comedy or drama, he would make such a good Jon it’s silly.

  • kyle

    How bout Alan Ritchson. The guy that played Aquaman on Smallville.
    He’s got the blonde hair, good lucks, and vacant expression needed for Jon.

  • Kyle

    That was supposed to say “looks” below

  • jim

    Why? Why? Why? Why would anybody spend millions of dollars on a cheesy movie starring a cheesy sidekick on a semi-cheesy tv show with undoubtadly another cheesy actor based on a really cheesy series that lasted two? seasons? Do studio execs watch tv or read the newspaper? Are they learning nothing from the box office slide of this year? Do they have money to waste? Or, do they think people will actually pay or eventually rent a “CHIPS” dvd? yucch!!

  • shakkahop

    It’s sad that unoriginality is the prescription for cash in Hollywood, but let’s not fool ourselves WE WILL SEE THIS MOVIE or rent it.
    Sadly, I can see Owen Wilson doing this role. I would prefer Luke, he plays a great straightman while himself being hilarious. However, this movie is below them both. I would suggest Will Ferrel.

  • Darwinsf

    I think Paul Walker would be great as Jon!

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