HOLLYWOOD – The remake of popular Eighties TV show CHiPs, which stars Oscar Isaac and Will Ferrell, got its first official image today.
Running from 1977 to 1983, Chips was a popular TV show created by Rick Rosner and following the lives of two California Highway Patrolmen, Jon Baker (Larry Wilcox) and as macho, rambunctious Officer Frank Llewellyn “Ponch” Poncherello (Erik Estrada). The remake will be directed by Adam McKay and will star Oscar Isaac as Ponch and Will Ferrell as Jon Baker. Isaac spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:
We’ve been working on this film for about three years, but something always came up. Star Wars took a lot of time and Will was learning Spanish for some reason. Adam was also distracted by The Big Short. However, now the stars have all aligned and we began shooting early in January. We were initially looking at this being something quite light. Some comedy, some action. But Will said that he feels like he is getting into something of a rut these days with too many bromances and comedies and he wanted to go darker. He also is a total True Detective freak and so I think that led to a real change in focus with the script. This is going to be Will Ferrell like you’ve never seen him before.
How did you prepare for the role?
We drove around a lot with the real guys who do the work for reals. I can tell you, it is a hard job but boy those motorcycles are a lot of fun.
How is it to work with Will Ferrell?
I learn a lot from every actor I work with but with Will, it’s strange. He’s a very disturbed man. He really wants to do serious work but they keep pushing him into this comedy stuff that he really doesn’t want to do anymore. CHiPs is going to change all of that.
Can you give us an example?
I don’t want to spoil anything, obviously, but Ponch and Jon are investigating the Crips and Jon has to go undercover and part of his initiation ceremony involves murdering someone he loves. It was a challenging scene for Will to do but he pulled it off. He really pulled it off.