Fresh details emerge of new Naked Gun film

News Simon Brew 14 Jan 2014 - 06:48
Naked Gun 4? No thanks.

The new Naked Gun film, starring Ed Helms, seems more a continuation than a reboot...

On Friday 13th December 2013, the news broke that plans were afoot to reboot the Naked Gun movie franchise. Ed Helms, we learned, had been cast as Lt Frank Drebin, and it would be fair to say that news of the project did not go down well.

Now, however, Robert Ben Garant - who along with Tom Lennon is co-writing the new movie - has revealed a few extra details to Crave Online. Let's see if any of these put people's minds at rest.

He confirmed that the plan is to write the new film in the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker style, saying "we're trying to fit in 100 jokes a page". "We're very much embracing the style", he said. To our knowledge, none of the original ZAZ team are involved, however.

As for the recasting of Drebin, Garant revealed that "our take is that Ed Helms is Frank Drebin, no relation. That's how he introduces himself", adding later that "we're making it pretty clear that he's not Leslie Nielsen. Those are just too big of shoes to fill but we're trying to do as good as those".

It sounds more like a sequel of sorts than a full-on reboot, but we'll find out more as things progress. Ben Garant and Tom Lennon have also penned the Night At The Museum movies, incidentally, the third of which goes before the cameras in the months ahead.


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"Those are just too big of shoes to fill but we're trying to do as good as those". Wow! Well if the quality of the writing is up to this standard what could possibly go wrong!

"Jane, since I've met you, I've noticed things that I never knew were
there before... birds singing, dew glistening on a newly formed leaf,
stoplights" - Maybe the writers should meet Jane! STOP!

The Naked Gun and it's 100 jokes a page are a product of their time.
This is going to bomb, guaranteed.

IMO this was never mentioned or even hinted at so it cannot tarnish the classics!

Bang on.

That is the problem with ALL these remakes (Robocop, Frightnight, Total Recall etc). They were ( and still are ) loved by so many people because they were a product of their time. I realise Robocop has yet to be seen, but that was as 80s a film as you can get.

You won't be able to make this Naked Gun like the other Naked Gun because humour has changed so much since then and the original means too much to people.

The only comedies (if you can call them that) that are still trying that slap stick/say what you see humour are the Scary Movie films, and we all know they suck.

Just NO.

I remember hearing some time ago (when the wonderful Leslie Nielsen was still with us) about a planned Naked Gun reboot/almost-sequel. The idea was still to recast the lead but not as Frank Drebin. Leslie would return as Frank, who was now a respected old, wise / father figure-like and, of course, totally inept police chief that the the new guy was working for.

That idea seemed sort of okay, now sadly not possible due to reasons far greater than making a film. Any attempt now at continuing the franchise just feels kind of empty and sad. They should let this brilliant series lie with Leslie.

Holy moly, is "Those are just too big of shoes to fill but we're trying to do as good as those" an actual quote or just bad copy?! I'd like to think that the "Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker style" has a bit more of a competent handle on language!

That's the quote from the original source. Think it's just transcribed conversation, so wouldn't read too much into the clunkyness - my own transcriptions have thrown up a lot worse than that!

Doh! I just wrote pretty much exactly the same thing 3 hours after you! :(

But the point remains.. you have to be clever to write good comedy.. You have to be exceptional to write in the "style" of a great comedy writer..

Looking at what these guys have written previously - aside from Night At the Museum, i'm seeing straight to dvd.

At best, they are thick, At worst, just plain arrogant.

I guess my point (beyond the obvious being a grammar nazi) is that you have to be actually really quite clever to write comedy of that kind. You need exceptional communication skills.. "too big of shoes" kills me.. You'd never hear Messrs Wright and Pegg destroy the language like that..

And before someone picks on my spelling / grammar.. i'm not (a) a professional writer or (b) claiming to be able to write in the style of some of the greatest comic writers in living memory.

Leslie Nielsen's shoes are already full. Of prison dirt.

OK, two things:
1) Making a good spoof film is a rare kind of alchemy. You can't just remake the best of them and hope the magic formula will still be there
2) The Frank Drebin character is so closely tied to Leslie Nielsen it's difficult to seperate them (see also Sgt. Bilko and Inspector Clouseau)
I just cannot imagine any course of events which will result in this being a decent movie

I just still come back to "Why?"

Or more accurately

"For God's sake - Whhyyyyyy?? Does no one remember the Pink Panther movies made after Seller's death? (Wass, Begnini or Martin) or the Bilko movies or even Top Cat FFS. Find a new character / situation / subject and leave this alone..."

*take deep breath, sip camomile tea, nibble on a hob-nob and relax*

Quite right. Has there, I wonder, ever been a case where an actor has taken on a role that has previously been closely linked with another actor and made a better job of it than the original? I'm struggling to think of an example

One more to add to that list... The Three Stooges.

That was one p*ss poor attempt at film-making. Im surprised Hollywood has not green lit a Laural and Hardy film yet. Staring Hugh Laurie and Zach Gallifinakis.

Actually, I'd like to see that. ;-)

Hannibal Lecter sort of comes to mind. Brian Cox's original interpretation was the best - but the new TV series' Lecter was pretty good and was miles better than Hopkins' showboating campery (IMO)

Someone had....The All New Adventures of Laurel and Hardy.

With Bronson Pinchot as Stan

I accidentally saw 10 minutes and will never get them back.

Yes, Bronson Pinchot as Stan.

The horror....

I've not seen the new Hannibal series but I've heard good things about Mads Mikkelsen's interpretation.

Dawn French ruined Hopkin's Lecter for me

I had forgotten that till you mentioned it! Jennifer Saunders playing a perfect Jodie Foster and was it the Krankies in the cell next door..?

"What did the Krankies say to you?"

"They said... Fandabidozi"

Crickey! It's only on YouTube! It's worse than I remembered and I remembered it as being really crap...

See how long you can watch it for (without going totally tonto!)

I never liked the films anyway after they re-cast Captain Ed Hocken and Officer Norberg. The tv series was far better.

If the original series managed to feel stale by the time it came to an end (I'm sorry, but Naked Gun 331/3 was pretty poor compared to its predecessors), I'm not sure how a reboot will be anything but an exercise in futility largely because it will go one of two ways - either rehashing (or "referencing") the originals to such an extent that there's nothing new about it and it almost becomes a parody of a Naked Gun film (which were parodies themselves), or ignoring the originals completely so it's hard to see why they bothered calling it a Naked Gun film in the first place. From the article and source quotes above, I'd expect the former - cue the "nice beaver" joke being redone but with none of the surprise and charm that made it so funny in the first place in the hope that some moron will find it hilarious because it reminds him of the time he saw Naked Gun.

My eyes...! My EYES!!!!!!! Make it stop!

Here's hoping. 100 jokes a page is a great goal - but only if the jokes are actually funny. That being said, the one joke they let leak, "Frank Drebin, no relation" made me laugh out loud.

"That is the problem with ALL these remakes (Robocop, Frightnight, Total Recall etc). They were ( and still are ) loved by so many people because they were a product of their time. I realise Robocop has yet to be seen, but that was as 80s a film as you can get."

What could be more 70s than "The Muppet Show" - and yet THAT film worked. So did the first Alvin and the Chipmunks. "Mission: Impossible" is a reboot that worked. "Star Trek", "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", "Batman Begins".... reboots can absolutely work.

James Bond? Doctor Who? Sherlock Holmes? Dracula?

Now James Bond I could agree with, though I suspect many would not. The Doctor, I don't agree with simply because he changes almost every aspect of his personality with each regeneration so each actor essentially creates an entirely new character.

Sherlock Holmes and Dracula are a tricky ones as they are interpretations of much earlier works. You could add Ebeneezer Scrooge, Fagin, Henry V, Hamlet etc. to that list.

At this point in time I'm still more excited about Museum 3 then the disaster that cood be birthed out of this!

this is really disrespectful to leslie neilsen. they can stick their continuation/reboot up their arse.

i know its probably blasphemy on here but there is only so long hollywood can survive on reboots and comic book/superhero movies. people will get fed up eventually.

i liked man of steel but im not excited for batman vs superman, wolverine kinda sucked. iron man 3 was decent not great. not excited for new star wars movies either as my distaste of the prequels has still not left me. especially as they were on tv at christmas.

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