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POLICE ACADEMY signs HANGOVER writer
Bravely ignoring the tide of indifference, the Police Academy remake continues to be a thing. The marginally well-remembered ‘80s comedy had all the star power of Goosebumps: Tower of Terror and Law & Order: Criminal Intent – The Video Game headliner, Steve Guttenberg, and that guy who does sound effects with his mouth.
Deadline reports that Jeremy Garelick has signed on to write the reimagining-vamp-boot-quel. Upon further inspection, it appears that Garelick™ is not studio-owned script producing software, but a writer, with produced movies (like The Break-Up and The Hangover) and everything. Garelick, who may not have gone to Hollywood hoping to be known as “the guy writing the Police Academy remake that they’re doing for some reason”, (but hey, everyone’s gotta make a living) will be taking a pass on a script already offered up by David Diamond and David Weissman.
The quantity of writers is surely a sign of the quality to come, and can only attest to upmost care and devotion needed to properly bring this Tolstoy-esque work to our cinemas. Right this moment, studio executives are putting their careers on the line to ensure that the people – the people – get not just the Police Academy remake movie that they want, but the Police Academy remake that they deserve. “No, no,” says one of these high-powered executives, probably, “I don’t want any more money. Put my pay on hold until we get this Police Academy remake perfect! I do not want to lose the faith of the people!”
I was a little sceptical about this remake, as I am about the whole trend of remakes, but surely no one would just remake something like the sacred cow that is Police Academy unless they had some sort of profound artistic statement to make. But my fondness for this series is much lower, than say, Robocop.
Anyway, enough snark and sarcasm – I have a lot of trouble mustering enthusiasm for this remake of the crime-comedy, but I’m not trying to bash on the guys who take on the writing on this project, either. And sure, I remember the original as being fun, but not really as much of a standout. Then again, I actually quite enjoyed the recent 21 Jump Street remake, so it is possible to do this well. It seems like the kind of thing that could all come down to the casting. Oh, and if they put in the funnies. I enjoy the funnies.
So, good luck Mr. Garelick, I truly wish you well, as you’ve got your work cut out to get me interested in this one.
Or as sound-effect guru Michael Winslow would say “PEW PEW WUKKA WUKKA SHHHLOOOOOP”.