A few days after the trailer for David Zucker’s An American Carol hit the web, we have a somewhat coincidental announcement regarding one of the main franchises on which he built his career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there is currently a fourth Naked Gun movie in development over at Paramount. It is unclear whether or not any of the Zucker/Zucker/Abrahams crew will be involved, but what is clear is that the movie is a part of Paramount’s new direct-to-video initiative called Paramount Famous Prods.
The first release under this new banner will be Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling, coming in early 2009. Other direct to video sequels are in development for Road Trip, Bad News Bears, Mean Girls and Grease. The DTV market continues to be a pretty sweet cash cow for studios, and it looks like this trend is only going to intensify over the next few years. With regards to The Naked Gun 4, if it actually has some of the original team on board, and if Lesley Nielsen is willing (he’s not doing much else anymore), I could see it being halfway decent. I really think that’s the key though… if the majority of all these spin-offs and sequels are connected in name only rather than talent, then it’s going to be a much harder sell.