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Police Academy Is Back Back Back!
Now as a reboot. What will The Gut say?

05 March 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Like the villain in a horror movie, rumours that the Police Academy franchise will return to haunt our screens just won’t stay dead. Steve Guttenberg hasn’t stopped chatting about the idea of an eighth film featuring him and some of the old crew. But now it sounds like New Line is going down the reboot route instead.

Original series producer Paul Maslansky is the man in the driving seat for the new version, though as yet there is no writer or director man (or woman) enough to take on the challenge of the latest batch of recruits.

Police Academy, of course, for anyone who doesn’t remember or wasn’t born in the ‘80s, was the 1984 comedy film about a city throwing open the doors of its cop school to anyone who wanted to join. The resulting group of misfits naturally end up saving the day.

Guttenberg starred as Carey Mahoney, who became the charismatic de facto leader of the group and saw it through six sequels, until diminishing returns on 1994’s Mission To Moscow saw it finally put out of our growing misery.

But having made around $240 million and spawned a couple of TV shows, you can understand why New Line and Maslansky might be ready to wrench open the Academy doors once more.

"It's going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV," Maslansky tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's going to be a new class. We hope to discover new talent and season it with great comedians. It'll be anything but another movie with a numeral next to it. And we'll most probably retain the wonderful musical theme."

But will The Gut get a role? And will he come back even if it’s just for a cameo? Time to start the campaign! Or, you know, find about £30 and a packet of jelly beans to tempt him back.

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Police Academy: Citizens in Retirement
The first 4 Police Academy movies were great Part 5 was starting to go downhill Part 6 was scraping by on slapstick jokes Part 7 was Part 7 enough said but if they get Mohoney and the rest of the original gang back (despite 1 tragically dying of a heart attack) This could be good More

Posted by S1lent B0b at 18:56 on 14 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Police Academy Is Back Back Back!
It just wouldn't be the same without Mahoney, HighTower, Jonesy, Commandant Lassard, Hooks, Callahan, Zeb, Captain Harris and Proctor. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 04:10 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Gut.... Good God...
The first one was great ( i would watch it at least 3 time a week when i was a kid) 2nd one was cool, and the 3rd and 4th where as good as the 2nd. as for 5 onwards and the tv series.........well the less said the better. I have the box set and only got it coz it was somthing like £15 and i cant bring myself to watch 5 onwards. I think if the get the right cast and have a few small cameos it could work out well, if it ends up all about the gut it will be shite More

Posted by doenutts at 02:01 on 09 March 2010 | Report This Post

The Gut.... Good God...
Steve G. Wasn't the defacto leader of the gang for 6, though, arguably, he was for the first four. He didn't actually star in the Ep. 5,6 or 7. The original movies were comic genius of their time. Loved 'em. More

Posted by kayo at 20:22 on 07 March 2010 | Report This Post

already done
haven't they've already done this in a series where they had a bunch of new recruits at the academy and it was absolutely rubbish like mission to moscow, the only good police academy films were the ones with guttenberg in and not with the idiot who played lassard's nephew nick who was mahoney -light and just acted pathetic. More

Posted by anakin solo at 21:36 on 06 March 2010 | Report This Post

If they've got to do a remake, at least have Guttenberg and co as teachers, Just please don't call it 'Police Acadamy, the next generation'. More

Posted by cleanbreak films at 13:15 on 06 March 2010 | Report This Post

Steve guttenberg was in panto at my local theatre over the christmas period... i reckon he'd work just for the jelly beans More

Posted by mogwatch at 10:09 on 06 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Get it right dude...
I was going to type a generic "oh for fuck's sake" as above but then I realised that even Mission To Moscow is funnier than Epic Movie/Date Movie/Shite Movie, so fuck it, why not. If those two cunts keep making those movies then why shouldn't we have more Police Academy movies. More

Posted by UTB at 23:29 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

Get it right dude...
The Gut was NOT in all of the Police Academy movies. How difficult is it to find this out? I'm sorry but Empire (website & mag) is 'infested' with a lot of this type of lazy 'journalism' if you want to call it that. I just don't appreciate it when myself being just a movie fan has a better grasp of the industry than people who get paid to write about it. Honestly, it won't be too long before I just stick with IMDB. More

Posted by dv909 at 15:48 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

font=arial]fuck's sake!] More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 15:05 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

Sounds like 'The Gut' is after another pay check. More

Posted by VijayUK at 14:32 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

all they ever seem to be doing now is reboots cant they think of new idead police acadmedy was terrible so they want to revive it to become even more shite!! More

Posted by scazz at 14:31 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

Nothing less than a dark and gritty re-imagining please
Like 'Colors' but funny. And in 3D, natch. More

Posted by granny at 14:03 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: James White - Back in Training
If done right this could be great, a decent premise with comedy potential. they gotta keep the same theme music though!! More

Posted by Frank Castle at 11:59 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: James White - Back in Training
Fucking people and their remakes. I like zed he deserved a spin off! More

Posted by TheSpleen at 11:00 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

James White - Back in Training
So first this week James white neglects to find out that Neil Patrick Harris already played the flash, But also that Ben Foster has in fact already been in a Superhero film - And now he goes and assumes that Guttenberg was in all the Police Academy films. Dude you are giving journalism a bad bad name - It's annoying as jobs with Empire are probably few and far between - and you are pissing all over it with your sloppy research. May not seem like anything big so far, but it's only a matter of More

Posted by blindfold at 10:36 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

I love how 'reboot' has replaced 'remake' as if that make it more acceptable. The hard time they'll have in the 'reboot' is to recreate or create new characters that were as good as they were the first time round. I fear we'll get 'Mission To Moscow' quality. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 09:46 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

New Jokes Please
Police Academy 2 is the best one for me and it's still funny today. As for the others, it's the same old jokes over and over again; the sound effects guy doing sound effects with his mouth, Hightower being ridiculously strong and that woman with the enormous tits throwing her enormous tits on top of someone. Oh and the Blue Oyster Bar homophobia sequence (bet that gets cut in the remake). More

Posted by BenTramer at 08:36 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

If they get some genuine talent onboard it could be good. I think the centrel premise has a lot of comedy potential. More

Posted by genejoke at 08:10 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post

Actually Gutternberg was only in the first four films. Loved em as a child but still can't quite bring myself to buy the box set. Maybe if it was a fiver. More

Posted by Quolm at 07:01 on 05 March 2010 | Report This Post


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