Devastating: Hollywood to remake … “Police Academy”

posted at 10:04 pm on March 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’ve been trying to cope with the news all day, but … it’s too much.

When I grieve, you grieve with me. That’s the way this site works.

New Line is looking for recruits for a relaunched “Police Academy” movie. Original producer Paul Maslansky is back for the new iteration, which has no writer or director attached…

“It’s going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV,” Maslansky said. “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.”

The early entries in the series featured sexual humor, but later films became more kid-friendly. Details of the tone of new movie, which would take the story to its beginnings with new characters, were unavailable.

Compounding the depression is the fact that I remember when the original “Police Academy” came out, which isn’t the first time this year that that’s happened with a Hollywood remake. Can it really be that the industry is so short on good comic scripts that it’s come to this? (Why, yes it can.) Does America need Ryan Reynolds as Mahoney and Zach Galifianakis as that spastic Bobcat Goldthwaite character? You know they’re going to cast Tracy Morgan as Larvell Jones and he’s going to simply reek at the sound effects, right?

Silver lining? There’s at least a chance that we get Christina Hendricks as Callahan. Exit question: What happens to all the Blue Oyster jokes this time? Very un-PC, baby.

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BTW, if Michael Winslow ever comes to your town, make sure you watch him perform live. I don’t know how a human being can make those noises.

Doughboy on March 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM

He’s good, but Wes Harrison was better, and first.

Rusty Bill on March 6, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Relax, everyone! I’m sure there are many, many wonderful things that could be done with this remake.

Don’t move, dirtbag! You’re moving NOW, Mister.

I pity whomever they gets to be in the next generation. Any casting ideas? Wanda Sykes as Hooks? Drew Carey as Mahoney? Oscar winner Ben Kingsley as Commandant Lassard (hey, he’s made worse – Thunderbirds).

KillerKane on March 6, 2010 at 8:51 AM

This is like them trying to remake Footloose – you just don’t do it.

We all saw how well a remade Fame did this year. Nuff said.

gophergirl on March 6, 2010 at 9:19 AM

This dearth of writing talent is not surprising considering dummy-wood let go all their older writers (who actually have a boat load of life experiences) and replaced them with “younger, hip” writers some years ago. And now we are seeing the results of such enlightened, or should I say, financial thinking. I can not remember the last movie I saw at the theatre. Thanks goodness for PPV and a lot cheaper too.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on March 6, 2010 at 9:42 AM

You all obviously have not heard of the plans to bring Gilligan’s Island to the big screen.

No word yet if it will be done in CGI and IMAX 3D.

And by the way, anyone getting that funny feeling that Hollyweird is running out of original ideas for movies?

pilamaye on March 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Can it really be that the industry is so short on good comic scripts that it’s come to this?

Perhaps the pool of writers is getting to inbred, or otherwise uniform. Can we perhaps find some stereotypical characteristics of screen writers that could use some diversification?

If nothing else, why don’t they work on remaking stories from other countries first. You know, like “Fist Full of Dollars” and “The Magnificent Seven” were.

Count to 10 on March 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I came across a movie called ‘Crash Landing’ last night while I was perusing cables offering. It took me about 3 seconds to realize that the 70′s classic movie ‘Airport’ was a parody of that movie.

Parodies are cool. A parody of a parody…they never seem to get much traction.

percysunshine on March 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Who makes Steve Gutenberg a star?
We do!

Stonecutters’ anthem

An Objectivist on March 6, 2010 at 10:02 AM

They should remake the Three Stooges films, with Nancy Pelosi in the “Moe” role, Harry Reid as “Larry” and Obama as “Curley.”

Schedule them starting in 2012 by which time all three will be in need of a gig.

Steve Keeley on March 6, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Whatever you do, Hollywood, please don’t cast Will Ferrell in this ANY film.

Jay Mac on March 6, 2010 at 5:49 AM

Fixed that for you.

James on March 6, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Why is hollywood always trying to screw up the classics?

t.ferg on March 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Where is the creativity in Hollywood?
Everything is remakes, do overs, sequels…

It’s pathetic.

bridgetown on March 6, 2010 at 11:29 AM

If nothing else, why don’t they work on remaking stories from other countries first. You know, like “Fist Full of Dollars” and “The Magnificent Seven” were.

Count to 10 on March 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

But those were remade well. I loved the originals and remakes of those movies. I don’t know that Hollywood is capable of remaking movies from other countries WELL anymore.

mjk on March 6, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Where the hell is Caddyshack 3 ?!

BHO Jonestown on March 6, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Christina Hendricks

Delicious…

Theworldisnotenough on March 6, 2010 at 3:38 PM

When I grieve, you grieve with me. That’s the way this site works.

I burst out laughing at that.

Kralizec on March 6, 2010 at 6:45 PM

They should make a movie out of “StarBlazers”!

Tony737 on March 5, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Ask, and you shall receive.

itzWicks on March 7, 2010 at 12:57 AM

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