There had been rumors. If you held your breath and listened to the night air in the Hollywood Hills, you could hear faint whisperings in between drawn out snorting. “They’re going to remake the Naked Gun franchise,” people who claimed to be in the know would tell each other over cronuts and treinta lattes. But we didn’t believe it. We couldn’t believe it. Hell, we wouldn’t believe it. That’s because we were just too damn naïve for our own good.
According to Variety, the Queen is about to be protected again, because Paramount is resurrecting Frank Drebin with a reboot of The Naked Gun that will star Ed Helms as the bumbling LAPD detective.
Detective Frank Drebin is coming back with Ed Helms on board to portray Leslie Nielsen’s character in Paramount’s reboot of “The Naked Gun” comedy franchise.
The studio has tapped the scripting team of Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant — best known for the “Night at the Museum” and “Reno 911″ franchises, to write the screenplay as a new spin on the Drebin character. (Via Variety)
Frank Drebin doesn’t need a new spin. He doesn’t need to be rebooted and played by anyone else. He was played perfectly by the late Leslie Nielsen, and if people want to watch The Naked Gun films again, they can buy them on DVD for $5 each. I don’t blame Helms, Lennon and Garant for taking the paychecks and locking themselves into what is sure to be at least a two-film deal, but shame on you, Paramount, for encouraging this terrible trend of digging up corpses and erasing legacies for the sake of a dollar.
I hate to play the role of movie snob hipster douche, but as far as I’m concerned, when this film finally opens…