Yes, here we go again. Hollywood in its infinite wisdom is rebooting yet another classic, The Naked Gun. Apparently, Paramount Pictures is moving forward with a new Naked Gun reboot, and Liam Neeson is in negotiations to star.
Seth MacFarlane and Akiva Schaffer are looking for the man with a particular set of skills to lead the reboot of the 80’s slapstick film. We all know who MacFarlane is but for those who are unfamiliar with Schaffer, he’s the dude that gave us Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Awesome.
Plot details are being kept under wraps but it’s expected that Neeson will be playing the son of Detective Frank Drebin instead of stepping into the role made famous by Leslie Nielsen.
In this day and age where everyone is outraged over the most tedious of things, I’m not quite sure how they plan on making this funny without upsetting someone.
I stumbled across one of The Naked Gun films on TV the other week with my Father-In-Law and we found ourselves chuckling away at the most childish and ridiculous one-liners…
Frank Drebin: “Miss, I’m Lt. Frank Drebin, and this is Captain Ed Hocken, Police Squad.”
Large-breasted shop assistant: “Is this some kind of bust?”
Frank Drebin: “Well… it’s very impressive, yes, but we need to ask you a few questions.
I’m Dutch Irish, My Father Was From Wales
It would also be great for Neeson, the man with Schindler’s List, The Phantom Menace, Taken and Batman Begins to his name, to do something of real substance again. Sadly, he’s become the UK’s Bruce Willis with his most recent film roles.
I would love to see MacFarlane and Schaffer succeed with this, let’s be honest, the world is in dire need of some laughs right now.
To finish off, here’s a selection of Leslie Nielsen’s best Naked Gun lines, the kind that would have Twitter screaming about sexism, racism, homophobia, animal cruelty, gun violence, and police brutality… ah, good times, good times.