Deadline reports that CHiPs will go up against Sony Pictures’ Emoji on August 11, 2017, but it will also open one week after three highly-anticipated summer movies. 20th Century Fox will be unveiling Alien: Covenant on August 4, 2017, while Universal Pictures will release Pitch Perfect 3 and Open Road Films will debut Blazing Samurai on the same date. As of now, no other movies are slated to hit theaters for the rest of that month, but that will surely change soon.
Dax Shephard and Michael Pena are set to star as California Highway Patrol officers Jon Baker and Francis “Ponch” Poncherello in CHiPs, roles which were first played by Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada in the hit TV series of the same name, which ran for six seasons between 1977 and 1983. The supporting cast is rounded out by Vincent D’Onofrio, Kristen Bell, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Jessica McNamee, Vida Guerra, Rene Moran and Kelly Richardson. Dax Shepard is also directing from his own script. Shooting began in November of last year.
We were lucky enough to have Vincent D’Onofrio (Jurassic Park, Marvel’s Daredevil, Law & Order, Full Metal Jacket) make an appearance at the museum over the weekend. He’s doing some training at Motorcycle Training Solutions (located on our lower level) for his upcoming role in the movie CHiPs where he will be cast as the villain. ChiPs will also feature Dax Shepard taking on the role of Officer Jonathan “Jon” Baker, while Michael Peña is assuming the much more popular character of Officer Francis (“Frank”) Llewellyn “Ponch” Poncherello. The film has been described as a buddy cop action comedy. And there will be a heavy emphasis on the word action. Not only is Dax Shepard directing and starring in the movie, he also wrote the script.
Vincent D’Onofrio, coming off his buzz-generating performance as a villain in Netflix’s Daredevil, is in negotiations to play the bad guy in CHiPs, Warner Bros.’ big-screen take on the classic 1970s cop show.
Dax Shepard and Michael Pena are inhabiting the roles of the motorcycling police officers and best friends Jon Baker and Frank Poncherello, with Shepard also serving as director and screenplay co-writer. (Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove wrote the previous draft.)
Plot details are being kept holstered, but it does involve an exotic-car theft ring.
D’Onofrio will play the auto-stealing ringleader, a ruthless former cop.
Andrew Panay is producing. Jesse Ehrman and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for the studio.
D’Onofrio spent ten years starring in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and when the show wrapped in 2011 slowly entered the feature world. But it’s only recently that he’s become a wanted man, partly due to his memorable performance as criminal underworld leader Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, the Marvel Studios TV show that hit Netflix in April.
He’s since bagged a leading role in The Magnificent Seven remake with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and will be seen in Jurassic World (also with Pratt).
He is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.