One of the more unnecessary film remakes in the works is the proposed reboot of “The Naked Gun” franchise, with Ed Helms taking over the role of Frank Drebin from the late Leslie Nielsen.
One positive sign though is that the original’s director/co-writer David Zucker has revealed that the new version will not try and copy and instead go in a different direction from the 1988 film.
Speaking at the Nashville Wild West Comedy Festival, Zucker says: “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.”
Zucker refused to be a producer on the project, and he says he turned it down as he didn’t want to interfere: “If my name was on it, I would be making all sorts of suggestions and trying to change it, and it would be frustrating.”
How does he feel about the hiring of Ed Helms? “[He’s] very well known for three of the biggest comedies ever (The Hangover movies). I understand why Paramount is doing what they’re doing.”