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Ed Helms to star in 'Naked Gun' reboot

Posted by Christopher Hughes  December 13, 2013 10:41 AM

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In the infamous words of Detective Frank Drebin, "It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans."

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Paramount’s reboot of “The Naked Gun” franchise is officially underway with "Hangover" star Ed Helms slotted to portray the notoriously inept Detective Drebin, a part made famous by Leslie Nielson. The studio has reportedly hired the writing team of Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant (best known for the “Night at the Museum” franchise) to pen the new script, according to a Variety exclusive.

Based on the cult ABC sitcom "Police Squad!," which was cancelled after only six episodes, "Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) features Frank Drebin and his pursuit of criminal mastermind Victor Ludwig (played by Ricardo Montalban), who plans to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II through a post-hypnotic Reggie Jackson.

The movie was a hit at the box office and with critics, who often compared it to that other film written by "Naked Gun's" David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker: "Airplane!" (1980). Two sequels immediately followed, “The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear” (1991) and “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” (1994), to mixed reviews.

The trilogy made over $275 million, so is anyone surprised that Paramount would try to resurrect the franchise? We aren't.

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