Ed Helms To Replace Leslie Nielsen In ‘Naked Gun’ Reboot

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A never thought I would see the day someone attempted to revive The Naked Gun, but so far I am certainly on board for another round of crime and folly.

Paramount Pictures has announced that Ed Helms (The Hangover, Cedar Rapids) will be starring in an upcoming attempt at rebooting the once popular Naked Gun film franchise. Helms will be portraying Detective frank Drebin, a role originally played by the great Leslie Nielsen in the original trilogy. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, best known as the team behind Night At The Museum and Reno 911! will pen the script.

The idea behind Naked Gun is based off a short-lived comedic detective show on television called Police Squad! (which also starred Nielsen), but what most people think of when the franchise comes up is the series of films that dominated the comedy box office between 1988 and 1994. Those three films were The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991) and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994). You can view a compilation of hilarious moments from the films below.

As we learned with Steve Carrell’s failed attempt to revive Get Smart, the idea of an absent-minded, crime-solving detective does not always perform well with US audiences. I like to think Helms can pull this off, especially with Lennon and Garant handling the script, but I don’t want to get too hopeful until some footage is made available. Comment and let us know whether or not you think Hollywood can make the world care about The Naked Gun once more.

James Shotwell

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