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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 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.”

(Photo: AP)