'Hitcher' Remake Finds Lead on a 'Stick'

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The final casting piece seems to be in place for the upcoming Platinum Dunes and Rogue Pictures remake of "The Hitcher.

According to a variety of online sources, including the reliable folks (on such matters, at least) at Bloody-Disgusting.com, Zachary Knighton has snagged the young male lead in the project, joining Sean Bean ("Silent Hill") and Sophia Bush ("One Tree Hill").

Production on "The Hitcher," helmed by music video veteran Dave Meyers, is just about ready to begin, with producers eying an April 13, 2007 release date.

The original, directed by Robert Harmon, focused on a young man (C. Thomas Howell) who picks up a lunatic (Rutger Hauer), who stalks him and kills a variety of people over the course of 100 minutes.

The remake focuses on a couple (Knighton and Bush) and their unfortunate interactions with the madman (Bean) they meet on the side of the road. There's been speculation (perhaps confirmed by the lateness of the Knighton casting) that the new version, adapted by Eric Bernt and Jake Wade Wall, puts the female lead at the center of the story.

Knighton played one of the leads in FOX's short-lived slacker comedy "Life on a Stick." He's also appeared in several features, including "The Mudge Boy" and "The Prince & Me."

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