Police Academy remake
Does anyone think that the return of Police Academy is a good idea? Let's face it the franchise did more than outstay it's welcome, it beat it to a pulp and destroyed it right in front of our faces, eked every last ounce of humour from it and replayed it until it just wasn't funny any more.
Let's face it the first two films were funny and of their time, but could you really watch them again and laugh as much as you did? Is there really a place now for more of the same?
The answer is just plain no. That's probably why there's no way on this Earth that any new Police Academy would look like the old one. Let's see what the story says.
The new film will see the original producer Paul Maslansky return, but so far there's no writer or director even hinted at, one might start to wonder if any respectable director or writer would want to be associated with the franchise.
The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision, and reminds us that the franchise ran for seven films, ending in the awful Moscow episode. The first two were the good ones though, and starred Steve Guttenberg as Mahoney, a repeat offender who is forced to enter the Police Academy that is forced to accept anyone, and becomes the leader of the group which included Moses Hightower, played by Bubba Smith, Tackleberry, played David Graf, the one that loved big guns, Hooks, played by Marion Ramsey, the quiet one that ended up being rather crazy, the sound effects mad Larvell Jones, played by Michael Winslow, Bobcat Goldthwait as Zed, and the tall, well endowed, blond police woman Sergeant Callahan played by, Leslie Easterbrook. Kim Cattrall and Sharon Stone both starred in the films as well.
Amazingly we hear that the franchise took US $240 million, but then split between seven films that's just over $38 million a film.
The producer is adamant that there's something good to be had from it:
"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."
New faces aren't going to convince me, what we need is a strong writer to completely redo the idea from scratch, a strong cast and a big director. Otherwise there's really no point is there?