I have nothing against reboots or remakes as a concept. In fact some of my favourite movies – and some of the best of all time! – have in fact just been do-overs of previous films. What really grinds my beans though, is when a remake is done solely to cash in on the title and brand awareness of the original, throwing out what made said original work. And sadly, that may just be the case for the Naked Gun reboot.
Speaking to Yahoo, David Zucker, writer-director of the original two slapstick cop spoof films (as well as the other classics of the genre, Airplane! and Top Secret), said that this new version – which now stars The Hangover star Ed Helms – won’t be “that kind of spoof film.”
“It won’t be like the Naked Gun that I did. It may be good, but it won’t be that kind of movie. They’re going to use the title. They asked me if I wanted to produce. They’re nice people, but they don’t want to do that style of spoof that I do.”
The original of course starred the late great Leslie Nielsen who started his career off as a very serious dramatic actor, and translated that perfectly into the type of deadpan buffoonery that would become his often imitated trademark (Nielsen would go on to make a career out of it). And it’s that straight-faced style, brought on from not hiring a comedy star, that Zucker said will be missing here.
‘I would want somebody who had never been in an comedy. Ed Helms is very well known for three of the biggest comedies ever. I understand why Paramount is doing what they’re doing.”
But unfortunately, Zucker has no say on the matter at all, and that might be a good thing for him.
“I have no involvement in it. They own it and they wanted to do it with Ed Helms and two writers… If my name was on it, I would be making all sorts of suggestions and trying to change it, and it would be frustrating.”
Frustrating or not, a Naked Gun movie without all those ludicrous fourth-wall busting and over the top antics just won’t be a Naked Gun movie. Helms can be a funny enough guy, but if this ends up being just a straight-up normal comedy, then what’s the point?
Last Updated: March 13, 2015