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Project Knight Driver

Inspired by the 80s series Knight Rider by Glen A. Larson, this story is a sequel narrating a new, original plot with a new main character. (Names were temporarily altered for this contest to avoid naming rights issues.)
Daniel is a former cop leading a simple life in witness protection after his heavily pregnant wife and unborn child were killed in an attack. One day, while climbing in the mountains, he discovers a hidden storage facility. There, he finds the chassis of CAI, an intelligent computerized car, along with servers storing CAI's personality, and unknowingly activates the computer.
After discovering the storage facility, Daniel receives messages from CAI, initially in the form of anonymous text messages, and is visited by Conny, CAI's former mechanic. Shortly thereafter, Daniel becomes the target of further attacks. During one of these attacks, he is shot in the thigh, and a microchip is discovered under his skin, of which he had no prior knowledge.
Daniel suspects that this chip is the reason he is being hunted and begins investigating on his own. CAI and Conny assist him in his efforts. Bonnie successfully transfers CAI's personality back from the servers into the nearly indestructible car. Daniel and Kitt begin working together to uncover the truth behind the chip and the assassination attempts, embarking on a journey to locate the former military doctor who holds crucial information about the chip. However, the villains are still hot on their trail, and Daniel once again finds himself in mortal danger, requiring CAI's rescue.
Throughout the story, the initial computer-hater develops a close friendship with CAI, ultimately defeating his pursuers and bringing the truth about the chip to light.

  • Benjamin Meyer
  • Heike Havermeier
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Writer Biography - Benjamin Meyer, Heike Havermeier

Heike Havermeier and Benjamin Meyer are not only a team of screenwriters but also a couple in real life, residing near Cologne, Germany, with their dog.
Heike Havermeier, born in 1983, aspired to become a writer from a young age. However, after completing her studies at the University of Münster, she embarked on an academic career as a linguist. After obtaining her M.A. degree, she moved to Sweden and received her doctorate from the University of Gothenburg in 2016. Now back in Germany, she primarily works as a university lecturer in German language. In 2017, Heike's paths intersected with language teaching and film production when she contributed to "Nicos Weg," a Deutsche Welle series that focuses on simplified language and language exercises for learners. When she met Benjamin Meyer at the end of 2019, he sparked her interest in scriptwriting with his ideas.
Benjamin Meyer, born in 1984, grew up in Germany and Romania. He has maintained his passion for American TV series, which he grew up watching, as well as his love for classic cars. Since his teenage years, he has channeled his creativity into the band "Alu'Regencape," where he co-wrote songs and played the guitar. The band achieved local success in the 2000s before disbanding. For about ten years, he has also been regularly seen as an actor in scripted reality TV series for German television. Additionally, he is interested in the relationship between humans and AI. He has long dreamt of writing a screenplay that explores this theme.

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Writer Statement

Inspired by the 80s series 'Knight Rider' by Glen A. Larson, our screenplay aims to carry the optimistic message of human-AI friendship into the present day. In the story, we explore the relationship between these different beings in a tech-skeptical world, showcasing how they can overcome challenges together. Our story, although inspired by Larson's work, narrates an independent plot with a new main character reflecting our generation. The blend of old and new elements posed a creative challenge, as did considerations around naming rights. We hope readers appreciate our story "Knight Driver" and recognize the positive message of human-AI interaction we aim to convey: Technological progress is a tool, the use of which we can determine ourselves.