Wilmer Valderrama will star as motorcycle cop Ponch in a big-screen version of "CHiPs." Warner Bros. Pictures has just acquired the rights for the series.
Erik Estrada famously originated the Ponch role in "CHiPs," which ran on NBC in the late 1970s and followed the adventures of California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Francis "Ponch" Poncherello and Jon Baker. Larry Wilcox played Baker.
The show had a serious macho tone, but over the years has achieved a cheesy, cult status. Sources say the project was built around the involvement of Valderrama, who is working on the final season of "That '70s Show" and appears in "The Darwin Awards," an indie that will screen at Sundance in January.
The action comedy has no producer and no director attached. The script will be written Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove, who are writer-executive producers on "George Lopez."