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12 January 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Crave Online

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When news of the planned Naked Gun reboot first surfaced like Frank Drebin emerging from raw sewage roughly a month ago, we took a quick poll and discovered that there was overwhelmingly negative feeling among you lot regarding the new version. It’s not tough to see why: Leslie Nielsen and the Naked Gun franchise are much-cherished comedy icons and many reboots, especially of comedy series, have proven to be distinctly average. The pressure is on new Drebin Ed Helms and Night At The Museum writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon to deliver, and Garant outlined some of his ideas to Crave Online.

With regards to Helms in the lead, Garant seemed clear that they would not be trying to replicate Nielsen’s style. “We’re making it pretty clear that he’s not Leslie Nielsen. Those are just too big of shoes to fill but we’re going to try to do as good as those. Those movies are so funny. They’re so solid.” And as for Frank? There is an idea afoot to have this be an alternate universe version of the bumbling lawman, a la J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (albeit without the technobabble universe building). “Our take is that Ed Helms is Frank Drebin, no relation,” Garant says. “That’s how he introduces himself.”

The film itself will be styled differently, as it draws from different sources. But Garant and Lennon are very much looking to invoke the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker gag ratio. “We are trying to reinvent the world because that world was very Dragnet, but we’re trying to fit in 100 jokes a page,” explains Garant. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re very much embracing the style. “Right now we’re calling it Episode IV – A New Hope. That will change, but that’s the working title.” So could it be a requel, a reboot/sequel hybrid? The mind, it boggles.

So, does this do anything to make you embrace the new film? Are you even more worried about it now? Sound off in the usual places…

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Your Comments

How about 'The Naked Gun 4: The gravy train'? or 'The Naked Gun 4: A film too far'? Doesn't anyone in hollyweird remember Total Recall, Carrie or the The Pink Panther ffs?!? More

Posted by shitneck at 16:30 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

... Brilliant comment Alex :) More

Posted by Madhava at 16:17 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

A requel? What is it?
It's a pale imitation of a previously successful franchise that keeps the name and drops everything else simply to exploit the established brand name and inevitably disappoints die hard fans of the original as well as any potential fresh audiences. But that's not important right now... More

Posted by Alex DeLarge at 13:34 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

Ed Helms as Frank!
Wasn't into the idea of this 'reimagining' before but Ed Helms is a good piece of casting rumour if he's down to play Frank. I'd also like to throw Patrick Warburton's name in there for a role. He was funny in TED and would be a good foil in this. More

Posted by willy2fly at 09:09 on 13 January 2014 | Report This Post

Wasn't looking forward to seeing this get the remake green light and this statement has made this sound even worse! Why can't Hollywood just leave the classics alone!! More

Posted by J_BUltimatum at 19:14 on 12 January 2014 | Report This Post

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