Will Arnett, who was the voice of KITT for the upcoming Knight Rider movie was forced to drop out of the movie because he has been voicing commercials for General Motors for the last 10 years according to Variety
. KITT is a Ford Mustang and Ford is helping to promote/market the NBC TV Movie, so obviously when GM, Ford's competitor, heard about this they would not let his voice be heard in the movie. Will Arnett said,
"I was very excited at the prospect of playing the part of KITT in the new 'Knight Rider' movie," Arnett said. "However, because of a long relationship with General Motors as the voice of GMC Trucks, I had to respectfully withdraw from the project."
Sadly his part had already been completed and NBC has been scambling to fill his wheels, I mean shoes. Today they announced that Val Kilmer is the new voice of KITT. Luckily we only hear KITT and don't see him because then Knight Rider would not be making air on February 17th. But I just wonder how no one realized the conflict when they hired him or at least when he started voicing the movie. I am sure someone lost their job over this.
Now back to Val Kilmer, I think he is great for the role especially since he is built like KITT now…sorry that was bad…