The ‘Police Academy’ Reboot is still happening according to a recent article by the Hollywood Reporter. The entertainment site last reported about new developments approximately four year ago. I fondly remember the days of Steve Guttenberg as Mahoney while leading his gang of misfits. The ongoing feud with Mahoney and Lt. Harris is one of my all-time favorite conflicts. The movie franchise spawned many lovable characters which include the likes of the clumsy Commandant Lassard, Tackleberry the aggressor, sexy Sgt. Callahan, the silent giant Hightower, the crazy Cadet Zed and Sgt. “Motor Mouth” Jones to name a few.
According to the article, comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele best known for their comedy show “Key & Peele” on Comedy Central, are on board to produce the remake. Paul Maslansky, producer of the first seven installments is also back to lend a hand with the reboot. No helmer has been identified since Scott Zabielski is no longer attached to direct the project. Jeremy Garelick is hired to polish the screenplay originally drafted by David Diamond and David Weissman.
“It’s going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV,” “It’s going to be a new class. We hope to discover new talent and season it with great comedians. It’ll be anything but another movie with a numeral next to it. And we’ll most probably retain the wonderful musical theme.”
The original “Police Academy” franchise arrived in 1984 with the final installment released in 1994. As much as I enjoyed the originals, I couldn’t dismiss the fact that some of the sequels felt longwinded and repetitive. It doesn’t mean that I am not a die-hard fan and will cherish those special years of slapstick comedy. The mystery why Hollywood is insisting on rebooting a franchise with so many unique and memorable characters is beyond me. Cult classic 80’comedies are fondly remembered by many movie geeks, maybe Hollywood is keen on reintroducing franchises to younger audiences unfamiliar with the cult classics? Who knows, are they running out of ideas?
1984‘s “Police Academy” Trailer
Sgt. Callahan training the cadets
Additional source: laughspin.com