Michael Winslow: the new Police Academy film, Shaquille O'Neal as Hightower?

News Nicholas Higton
21 Mar 2012 - 07:43
Michael Winslow in Police Academy

A new director, a November shoot, and Shaquille O'Neal as Hightower? Michael Winslow has just given a big update on the plans for the new Police Academy...

We’re indebted to Den Of Geek reader Nicholas Higton for this one. Michael Winslow, the one-man noise machine from the Police Academy movies, is currently in the UK promoting his one man tour. And he appeared on TalkSport radio, specifically the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, yesterday afternoon.

While on the show, he was asked what the current status of the long-mooted new Police Academy movie was. Turns out, he had quite an update.

Asked whether the plan was to get the old team back together, Winslow admitted he’d spoken to Steve Guttenberg about this, and that the plans was “to try and get as many people as possible” back for the new film.

Then, Winslow noted that two major members of the cast had passed on since the last film, namely David Graf (Tackleberry) and Bubba Smith (Hightower). However, he revealed that “we’ve asked Shaquille O’Neal to take over as Hightower”.

He added that “Production was supposed to start in April, but with the new director that they’ve just hired, it’ll probably be November. But we will be having it out for 2013.”

We’ve no idea who the new director is, nor if Shaquille O’Neal has accepted the Hightower role. But we’ll keep you posted.


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