February 07, 2008 at 12:00 PM EST

So while PopWatch was loving the idea of Will Arnett voicing KITT, the Ford Mustang in NBC’s upcoming Knight Rider movie (airing Feb. 17), apparently the folks at General Motors, who pay the actor to be the voice of GMC Trucks, were not. GM asked Arnett, who’d already recorded all of his scenes, to back out of the project, which he did “respectfully.” Val Kilmer has taken over the role, and we can accept that. If only because, as my colleague Gary Susman points out, he played Chris Knight in Real Genius. (“You are Chris Knight, aren’t you?” “I hope so. I’m wearing his underwear.”)

Do you think Kilmer has the right monotone to pull off KITT?

addCredit(“KITT: Paul Drinkwater”)

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