Universal Pictures is prepping a film adaptation of the 1970s TV series “Kojak,” with Vin Diesel in the title role. The film will be produced with Samantha Vincent for their Universal-based One Race Films.
Telly Savalas played the tough-talking, bald-headed cop on the CBS series, which ran from 1973-78.
Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will re-imagine and contemporize it for the big screen, reports Deadline.com. Purvis & Wade are coming off “Skyfall,” which is nearing $1 billion in worldwide box office, and they wrote the previous four Bond films, including “Casino Royale,” “Quantum Of Solace” and “Die Another Day.”