Naked Gun reboot coming, Ed Helms to star

News Simon Brew 13 Dec 2013 - 13:13
Naked Gun 4? No thanks.

Ed Helms is apparently to take on the role of Lt Frank Drebin in a Naked Gun reboot....

The latest installment in the game of 'reboots you never saw coming' is apparently a plan to bring The Naked Gun series back to the big screen. Previously headlined by the late, great Leslie Nielsen, Paramount is eyeing Ed Helms to now take on the role of Lt Frank Drebin.

We like Ed Helms. We do not like this idea at all.

The studio has hired the team behind Night At The Museum and Reno 911, Thomas Lennon and R Ben Garant, to pen a screenplay for the new movie. They've also been working on penning a Baywatch movie for the studio.

We try and stay non-judgemental on remakes and reboots. But we cried a bit here.

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Theres only one Frank Drebin

Good god, Lemon!

I am on principle very much against remaking classic comedies, particularly ones from the 1980's, because I really don't like the way modern mainstream comedies are made. There are still some excellent comedies, but the majority seems to go for a humour that I would not want to see connected to The Naked Gun, Ghostbusters or any other 1980's comedy-franchise that has been suggested to return in recent years.

no no no no no no no


Oh my............
Ed Helms will no doubt be to this what Steve Martin was to Inspector Clouseau...the strange thing being I could actually see Martin playing this part better than he did Clouseau - BUT STILL WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE IT.

Perhaps former West Brom Striker Lee Hughes could play Nordberg?

They might as well take a dump on Nielsen's grave

Oh dear. Completely unnecessary for such a beloved comedy series! If they wanted to launch an Ed Helms fronted cop comedy they should've just done that with a different name!

.... NO!
No offense to Ed but the character is too beloved because of Leslie's performance.
Please no


I cried a lot :(

Liam Neeson is the ONLY acceptable actor that could pull this off!! His performance with Ricky Gervais was priceless, and should be his official audition to be Lt. Frank Drebin!

Leslie Nielson was a great dramatic actor prior to switching to comedy. It is exactly this deadpanning, earnest style that made the character a success. This is the ideal opportunity to find a similar straight actor and build the comedy around them, rather than to use a known 'comedy actor.'

Is it really so hard to think "Hey lets make an original spoof cop movie"? Why does Hollywood work so hard in trying to avoid actually doing something new?

I suspect that this is and will be awful, but just imagine..... What if it's better than the original?

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Just no. No-one knows how to make comedy films like that any more.

Oh, it's all right. I'm sure that we can handle this situation maturely,
just like the responsible adults that we are. Isn't that right, Mr...
Poopy Pants?

Stop the World!! - I want to get off

dont do it... I would have got here sooner but your husband wasnt dead then.. People might shoot this down but do you know who would be a good frank drebin? Steve Carell. Before you jump down my throat, just watch in seasons 5 and 6 and some of his reactions and expressions really match up to Leslie Nielsen, I dont say that lightly, Im a massive fan of Police Squad but I think he would be up to it. Ed Helms was ok in the Office, had some standout moments but he isnt in the same league. His attempts at moving into drama roles havent really hit the mark, and Nielsen had a wealth of acting experience before he got the role in Airplane. Helms roles in the Office and Hangover are 'nods and winks to the camera' and 'gross out crap' forms of comedy (respectively)....

Boo you whore.

……HOW ABOUT NOOOO???? Ya crazy producer bastards.

No. Just no. Enough is enough with these damn re-boots and re-imaginings. Can't they just leave things alone..? Obviously not.

Steve Carell!!!!!

It's official. film makers have officially run out of original ideas. leslie nielsen IS frank drebin. no other actor can ever do the character justice and shouldn't even try.

I'm pretty much always open minded about remakes, no matter how bad an idea they might seem (after all, some have worked; The Departed, The Thing, etc)... But I was just a little bit sick in my mouth.

What next? Steve Martin to play in a Pink Panther movie???
(The horror. The horror...)

What would be the point? You couldn't use the same lines, so why bother. Why not call him Lt Phil Drebin or Frank Drobin and not even pretend it was the same thing.

Thing is Police Squad worked (and so the Naked Gun series) because it was a spoof of those slightly over earnest Cop shows of the 70's. ( shown "in color") whose going to remember those now? so why bother with remaking a movie series which was an extension of a TV spoof of something that would be over 40 years old..?

What made these films so great is that they were a product of their time. Like Aeroplane. I mean you just don't get humour like this anymore:

Frank: It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy,
boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girls dies in a tragic blimp
accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day.


Frank:No, the worst.

What they will do is turn this into another generic comedy film.

i hope it makes 1 dollar on opening day

Even that made me laugh out just reading it

Surely they can't be serious.

I would humbly suggest that Hollywood hires someone's Mother to sit in on these pitch meetings and say things like "stop it. You are just being silly" or "now you haven't really thought this through have you?"

Aw man what's next?! I dare not utter a guess!!! This is glame!!!

This is that. The politically correct version.

A lot!

Agreed. I just don't know who that would be.

I'm gonna follow that line of thinking, and say the karate kid remake was better than the original. And EVERYBODY STILL HATED IT.

The best remakes were made in the 80's, or even 70's. DoG made a case for invasion of the bodysnatchers today, and I really liked the blob and yes I'll say it, night of the living dead.

Remakes these days suck.

Sirius Black? No, it's a naked gun remake.


Absolutely not.

And no murderer, er, football player, will ever fit into O.J.'s shoes. Ski mask. Gloves!

For some reason my mind put Stephen Colbert's face instead of Ed Helms's. This is somehow better and worse at the same time.

No, no, no, no, no ,no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.......oh, and NO!!

They are, and don't call me Shirley.

Colbert's already too much of a straight faced character himself to take on another one.

why not remake Stop or my mom will shoot, instead, and turn crap into gold instead of the other way around.

i dont like helms but lennon and grant would probably do the writing justice. they have at least enough of an idea of how comedy works to make it respectable. hopefully if helms is able to channel neilsons decorum then it should be ok. Hopefully it wont turn out like I-spy and Get Smart.

colbert would be so much better, even perfect, but i think he would turn it down out of respect for neilson,

Nah, Colbert's is more of a knowing straight face. Leslie Nielsen was sincere.

Yeah, all Ed Helms is gonna do is scream and stretch his face til his eyeballs fall out

well that's certainly true as well.

Denzel Washington?

why can they not leave the good stuff alone.

Terrible news Mr Poopy Pants.

Every 3 years or so Hollywood should remake / reboot every film made in that particular doing this you wouldn't have to worry about anyone coming up with any original ideas which of course would be a huge time saver.

*sighs* *googles Ed Helms* *sighs*

Naked Gun wasn't the product.. Nielsen was the product.. You can't remake a person!!

I hope there is some nice beaver.

Just do a TV show the way these movies were supposed to be at first.

I think one of the few people that could do this justice is Ed Helms.

The name's Buzzin. Buzzin Frog.

It's true what they say: Hollywood and reboot's don't mix. It's like eating a
spoonful of Drano; sure, it'll clean you out, but it'll leave you hollow

I promise you; whatever Hollywood scum did this, not one fan on this site will
rest one minute until their behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.

just no.

Another reboot being made for tweens who won't watch "old" movies. Can't be any worse than the crap Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg spit out for that demographic.

Has no one in Hollywood got an original idea in their heads??
I avoid remakes like this like the plague.
We can all name dozens of remakes that get things so wrong.
And a handful that are good or better.
Just leave well alone and do something new.

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no!

Nice Beaver!
Thanks, I just had it stuffed

Not a bad idea. I can't see myself seeing this film but at least that kind of casting could convince me. But best just to leave it well enoughalone. Can'tbe, won't be topped.

It was official about a dozen remakes ago. Now it's just plain sad.

Sony have already adopted that policy with Spider Man

I promise you, not a single man on this police force will rest until these monsters are brought to justice. Now let's grab a bite to eat.

I'm not gonna complain until we see a reboot of Ishtar or Hudson Hawk; THAT would make me swear off movies.


just no

ƑưƆƙ. Let me be clear to those considering making this abortion of a movie that I'm entirely confident I speak for a bloody considerable proportion of fans that nothing short of being tied to a chair with my eyelids surgically removed would ever make me watch such a film.

Will OJ make a cameo?

really not sure how these reboots keep getting the green light despite always bombing at the box office (the thing springs to mind for one) they keep making them due to 'brand awareness' but anyone who cares about the originals will refuse to see the new ones and anyone who doesn't know about them doesn't care, the result is a colossal waste of time, money and effort


Hollywood is FILLED with nothing but original ideas. The problem is the studios do not give a sh*t about original ideas and won't make them. They are only interested in franchises and pre-existing IP.

I just want you to know Ed, we're all counting on you.

Yes. Yes. Yes!!!!!!!!

Not mine - but sums up my feelings quite well...

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