From 1977 to 1983, audiences delighted in the multi-car pileups and lightweight shenanigans of CHiPs, the story of Erik Estrada’s macho Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and Larry Wilcox’s straight-laced Officer Jon Baker. Now, much like 21 Jump Street, Miami Vice, and other past TV staples, a modern-day reboot is on the way.
As we first announced back in 2015, Dax Shepard is behind the forthcoming feature-length film. In addition to writing and directing the feature, the Parenthood actor stars as Baker alongside Michael Peña’s Ponch.
In a twist on the original material, it looks as if Shepard’s Baker will be the wilder one, while Peña’s Ponch will try to keep things grounded. He has to, it seems; perhaps inspired by the 21 Jump Street reboot, this film is turning Ponch into an undercover FBI agent. Kudos also to the supporting cast, which includes Kristen Bell, Daredevil’s Vincent D’Onofrio, and Party Down favorite Ryan Hansen (a.k.a. Burning Love’s Blaze).
CHiPs rides into theaters on March 24th. Watch the first teaser trailer above.