Vin Diesel to play Kojak in new movie from ‘Skyfall’ writers

He's reviving the classic character played by the equally hairless Telly Savalas in the 1970s

Vin Diesel is to revive the iconic character of Kojak on the big screen.

According to Deadline, Diesel will play the smooth-skulled detective in a new movie written by Skyfall scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

The classic Kojak TV series starred the late Telly Savalas in the title role and ran for 125 episodes between 1973 and 1978. The show centred on no-nonsense New York cop Theo Kojak, who became known for his bald bonce and “Who loves ya, baby?” catchphrase.

Diesel will also serve as a producer on the new movie from Universal Pictures, which will apparently “re-imagine and contemporize” the classic TV series for the big screen. Diesel has recently finished filming Fast And Furious 6, which is due for release on May 24, 2013.

As well as scripting this year’s Skyfall with John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have writing credits on four previous 007 adventures. However, they will not be returning for Daniel Craig‘s next outing as Bond, which will be penned solely by Logan.