Working at Empire, you can get a little blasé about reporting the big movie news stories every day. But every now and again, something comes along that rocks your socks, blows your mind and reminds you why we fell in love with this topsy-turvy business we call show in the first place. And here it is:
Steve Guttenberg says that not only are there plans afoot to make a third Three Men And A Baby film, but that Police Academy 8 is in the works!
Now, if your world has remained resolutely unshattered by this news, then either: a) you didn’t grow up in the Eighties, so you have no idea how resonant these films are, or how big a star Guttenberg once was (bigger than Tom Cruise, Tiger Woods and that bloke with the big hair from Twilight combined), or b) you know full well who Steve Guttenberg is now and you highly doubt the chances of him being able to get a green light at a traffic junction, let alone for two movies.
But let’s not spoil it, shall we?
"Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and I are looking to make another Three Men and a Baby film," Guttenberg said over the weekend. And, given that all three men aren’t quite the stars they once were, who can blame them for revisiting the scene of their greatest triumph, in which they played three heterosexual life partners who – and you’ll like this – found themselves playing father to an adorable infant. Now, over twenty years, the new movie will see them attend the young lady’s wedding.
"It's called Three Men and A Bride,” said Guttenberg. “The script is pretty much written and we are really keen to get that made. We're very hopeful."
As are we, Steve. As are we. But only if Leonard Nimoy, the director of 1987’s Three Men And A Baby, can be lured back into the director’s chair. If he can do Spock one more time, he can do this.
Speaking of going back, Guttenberg had this to say about Police Academy 8, which will see him reprise the role of charming chancer, Carey Mahoney. “We are doing a new movie and it is going to be great fun," he said. "A script is being written and so far it is really great, everyone from the original movies who is still around will return.”
“I know Kim [Cattrall, who starred in the original] and Sharon [Stone, the love interest of Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol] have been asked but they haven’t said yes yet. It would be really great to have them on board.” It would but, y'know...
There are also rumours that Guttenberg may direct the new Police Academy movie, which would really signal an about-turn on his part. He left the series after Citizens On Patrol, but he now says that he regrets that decision. And if you regret not starring in Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, Police Academy 6: City Under Siege and Police Academy: Mission To Moscow, then you know your career hasn’t quite turned out the way you’d hoped.
More on both these astonishing-sounding movies as we get it.