In another case of ‘Hollywood can’t come up with anything original’ news, there’s a ‘Naked Gun’ remake in the works.
Paramount has announced that Ed Helms will tackle the role formerly played by Leslie Nielsen in the upcoming reboot of the ‘Naked Gun’ franchise.
While I’m disappointed in yet another remake, I think Ed Helms is actually a great fit for the role!
Helms starred in “The Hangover” trilogy and “We’re the Millers” and recently recently wrapped “Stretch” opposite Chris Pine and Patrick Wilson. He stars in the romcom parody “They Came Together,” which will premiere at Sundance, opposite Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.
Paramount released “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” in 1988 with Nielsen battling Ricardo Montalban’s character plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II at a baseball game in Los Angeles. Sequels “The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear” and “Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult” followed in 1991 and 1994; the three films cumed $275 million.
George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley and O.J. Simpson co-starred in all three films.
The films were based on the 1982 ABC spoof series “Police Squad!,” which was cancelled after six episodes. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker created the series, which also starred Nielsen as Drebin in a similar deadpan vein as his Dr. Rumack character in 1980′s “Airplane!”
“It’s true what they say: Cops and women don’t mix,” Drebin said in the first film. “It’s like eating a spoonful of Drano; sure, it’ll clean you out, but it’ll leave you hollow inside.”
What do you think about a ‘Naked Gun’ remake?