Surprise! It’s 2017 and maybe everything doesn’t have to be terrible. As a show of good faith, ish, Warner Bros has released the first official trailer for CHIPS, a feature-length comedic adaptation of the campy 1970s-80s NBC TV drama.
And if you weren’t thinking 21 Jump Street when you heard about the project, you sure will be now. Like the original series, CHiPS sees Officer Jon Baker and Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello paired off as motorcycle cop partners in the California Highway Patrol based out of Los Angeles. The twist this time out: Poncherello is a cocky undercover federal agent investigating a multimillion-dollar heist that might be an inside job — inside the CHP, while Baker is a former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together.
I laughed a lot during the trailer, though I hope the jokes as seen here function more as subversions than outright heteronormative conditioning. And I’m in for Dax Shepard and Michael Peña riffing for a couple of hours regardless, especially on motorcycles and especially on the streets of L.A. The film is directed by Shepard, who stars as John Baker opposite Peña as Ponch, alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar, Vida Guerra, and Kristen Bell. Shepard also wrote the script for CHIPS, which is set to hit theaters March 24 in Los Angeles. Oh, and everywhere else too of course.
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