It would seem as if Paramount is finally making ground releasing their reboot of The Naked Gun franchise comedy franchise. According to Variety, The Hangover’s Ed Helms has been tapped to play the role of Detective Frank Drebin in the upcoming comedy reboot, a role made famous by the late Leslie Nielsen back in 1988.
Other than his role as Brad Gurdlinger in We’re the Millers and a handful of other roles, Helms has not really had a chance to showcase his talents in a lead role; however, he is widely regarded as one of the best supporting actors in the world of comedy.
According to the Variety report, Paramount has reached out to screenwriters Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, who are best known for their work on Reno 911! and Night at the Museum, to write the script for the film.
The original Naked Gun films were based off of a short-lived 1982 ABC series Police Squad!, which was unfortunately cancelled after only 6 episodes.
This film may provide the opportunity that Helms needs to showcase his talents in a leading role. As I said before, he has been in leading roles in the past, but nothing quite to the magnitude of this. I mean, let’s be honest, Leslie Nielsen leaves some pretty big shoes to fill when it comes to comedy.
What do you think of the idea of a Naked Gun reboot? Do you think Ed Helms is the right man to take up the reins of Detective Frank Drebin? Let us know what you think.