New Line is planning a Police Academy reboot and is looking for some new recruits to fill out the cast and crew. Original producer Paul Maslansky is back to get this reboot in session, although he has yet to find a writer, director, or cast. The project was outsourced to New Line by its sister studio, Warner Bros.
It's hard to believe that there's anybody who doesn't know about Police Academy - but then again, young people these days...
The original franchise (there were seven movies and two TV shows) dealt with a city whose police department was in such dire straights that it threw open its doors to any and everyone willing to become an officer. The real cops in the department were forced to endure a bunch of goof-off wannabes, who (in proper movie style) ultimately ended up saving the city or America time and time again.
Actors who made appearances in the franchise (at one point or another) include Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Sharon Stone, Claire Forlani, Ron Pearlman and Christopher Lee. Although they probably don't want you to remember that. The franchise was also famous thanks to the character of Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), the guy who made all those crazy sound effects with his mouth. Check out this video below:
Larvell Jones... Good Times...
Here's what Maslansky had to say about the Police Academy reboot:
"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."
Keeping the theme song is good news - I'll believe the rest when I see it.
Is a new Police Academy needed? Probably not. But then was the original Police Academy really ever "needed?" Depending on which actors/comedians they get for this reboot it could be funny. However it'll be hard to replace Michael Winslow (maybe hip-hop beat box phenomenon Rahzel?)
More on the Police Academy reboot as we hear it. In the meantime: which actors or comedians would your recommend for for roles?