The end of 2013 saw Ed Helms announced as taking on the role of Frank Drebin in the reboot of The Naked Gun. Speaking to Crave Online, Ben Garant, co-screenwriter of the new film, has revealed that this next Naked Gun is going to be more like a sequel than the presumed reboot many expected.
Garant said, “Right now we’re caling it Episode IV – A New Hope. That will change, but that’s the working title. Our take is that Ed Helms is Frank Drebin, no relation. That’s how he introduces himself.”
Right, so a new lead character that just happens to share the same name as the previous lead character? That’s certainly a unique approach.
Garant continued, “We are trying to reinvent the world because that world was very ‘Dragnet,’ but we’re trying to fit in 100 jokes a page. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re very much embracing the style.”
Based on the brilliantly funny Police Squad, the first Naked Gun was released in 1988. The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear would follow in 1991, with Naked Gun: The Final Insult released in 1994. The trilogy grossed a total of $275 million worldwide.
No release date has been announced for this new installment.