Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Like so many other properties from our childhoods, Police Academy is roaring back to life in the form of a brand-new reboot. The project got set up at New Line since 2010, and has since acquired a director in the form of Scott Zabielski (Tosh.0). Now it’s also about to pick up a fresh draft of the screenplay, courtesy of The Break-Up writer Jeremy Garelick. More details after the jump.
The Police Academy franchise first launched in 1984, eventually spawning six sequels and two television series over a decade and half. In that light, it’s no wonder New Line is eager to resurrect the franchise. An eighth film has been rumored for a while, but it looks like they’re starting over instead with this new film. As far as we know, the reboot will not retain any of the original stars, though producer Paul Maslansky remains on board.
Garelick will be rewriting a previous draft of Police Academy by David Diamond and David Weissman, whose joint resume includes The Family Man, When in Rome, and Old Dogs. Not such a promising start, but maybe Garelick can improve on it. In addition to co-writing the flawed but underrated The Break-Up, Garelick has also done extensive rewrite work on The Hangover and is now taking a pass at Universal’s Sick Day.
Zabielski is making his cinematic debut on Police Academy after building a background in TV directing, including the Comedy Central series Tosh.0. Interestingly, Zabielski has actual police experience, having attended LA’s academy and served as a reserve officer in West Hollywood, so perhaps he’ll slip some of his real-world knowledge into the film.
Like the original, the new Police Academy will center around a group of bumbling police recruits. Beyond that, though, we don’t know exactly what to expect. Zabielski and Garelick are both new enough to features that we don’t have a good sense of their talents. It’s not exactly like the existing Police Academy movies are unassailable comedy classics, so who knows — maybe they’ll actually end up improving on the source material.