More often than not I read about a proposed reboot or remake and immediately think; ‘What’s the f**king point?’ A question I’m currently directing towards the Naked Gun reboot.
For me there will only ever be one Frank Drebin as there’s only ever been one Inspector Clouseau and to even attempt to resurrect or modify that character is sacrilege. The Naked Gun movies are the ultimate comedy spoofs played to perfection thanks to Leslie Nielsen’s deadpan deliveries. They are comedy classics and should not be toyed with. But Hollywood thinks differently and have given a reboot of the franchise the greenlight casting Ed Helm, (The Hangover Trilogy), as Drebin. The twist? The reboot won’t be like the original movies.
Speaking about the project during a recent interview at Nashville’s Comedy Festival, Naked Gun director/co-writer Jerry Zucker gave us his thoughts on the new movie, which he isn’t involved with:
“It won’t be like the Naked Gun that I did. It may be good, but it won’t be that kind of movie. They’re going to use the title. They asked me if I wanted to produce. They’re nice people, but they don’t want to do that style of spoof that I do. If my name was on it, I would be making all sorts of suggestions and trying to change it and it would be frustrating.”
But wait, just when you think this reboot will be a wholly different animal from its original counterparts it turns out that it won’t, as a statement from Robert Ben Garant, co-writer on the new movie, directly conflicts with Zucker’s:
“We are trying to reinvent the world because that world was very Dragnet, but we’re trying to fit in 100 jokes a page. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re very much embracing the style.”
This can only mean that the new movie will be spoofing all the more recent, modern cop shows and films and with 100 jokes a page you don’t need me to tell you just how amazingly good this reboot will be.