Ed Helms has signed on to take over the role in Paramount's reboot.
That sound you hear is pleasant memories being smashed to bits by the 'Nard Dog.
The studio has tapped the scripting team of Thomas Lennon and R. Ben Garant — best known for the “Night at the Museum” and “Reno 911″ franchises, to write the screenplay as a new spin on the Drebin character.
Helms starred in “The Hangover” trilogy and “We’re the Millers” and recently recently wrapped “Stretch” opposite Chris Pine and Patrick Wilson. He stars in the romcom parody “They Came Together,” which will premiere at Sundance, opposite Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler.
Paramount released “The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!” in 1988 with Nielsen battling Ricardo Montalban’s character plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II at a baseball game in Los Angeles. Sequels “The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear” and “Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult” followed in 1991 and 1994; the three films cumed $275 million.
George Kennedy, Priscilla Presley and O.J. Simpson co-starred in all three films.
It's probably safe to assume Simpson won't be reprising his role. Could be a tough to work things out with Big Legal.
Hollywood continues its sterling streak of not having, or acting on, an original idea since the silent era.