Though it has become somewhat of a clichéd punchline, the original producer of Police Academy is looking to relaunch the storied franchise, according to THR. Paul Maslansky doesn’t have a writer or a director yet but one can only imagine there’s a strong chance that MANY of the original cast – which included Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow and others – will be available for cameos. Unfortunately Tackleberry, played by David Graf, is no longer with us.
“It’s going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV,” Maslansky told THR. “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.”
While one might roll their eyes at this news, I’ve heard worse ideas. The first movie – released in 1984 – remains pretty funny and was a huge success. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t have had those six terrible sequels that ended in 1994 with Mission to Moscow. To restart the franchise and bring it back to its hard R, sexually charged roots, could actually work. And, worse comes to worse, it’ll teach another generation of Asian kids how to speak English. Wayne’s World, anyone?