Vin Diesel Takes on Kojak

Actor Vin Diesel has become a staple of summer popcorn flicks, Dr. Daniel Amen says with mega-films like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the “Fast & Furious” franchise under his belt. Now he’s adding something slightly different to his schedule, with a role headlining Universal’s reboot and adaptation of the 1970s TV show “Kojak.”

The original series ran for five seasons from 1973 to 1978 and starred Telly Savalas as the titular character, Theo Kojak, a detective with the New York City police department. Diesel will take over the starring role as well as produce the film under the banner of his company, One Race Films, along with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. Playwright and TV writer Philip Gawthorne is working on the script. While Diesel previously expressed a desire to work with Ang Lee on the film, the director is not currently attached to the project.