We have been hearing about the possibility of a new entry in The Naked Gun series for years now, and although it is probably not high on anyone’s wish list (especially without Leslie Nielsen), you can’t help but be curious to see what that would look like. Angie Tribeca is one example of a recent attempt to bring back the ZAZ style of ridiculous, rapid fire humour, but for the most part it is still seen as a genre that was run into the ground by parody movies that relied too heavily on pop culture references. Now this week we are hearing that The Naked Gun reboot is in the works with Seth MacFarlane and that he is pursuing Liam Neeson as a potential star. Here’s what Neeson had to say about it:
“I’ve been approached by Seth McFarlane and Paramount Studios to maybe resurrect the Naked Gun films… It’ll either finish my career or bring it in another direction. I honestly don’t know.”
This comes on the heels of Neeson claiming (again) that he is almost done with action movies. Comedy is a pretty reliable way for action stars to transition away from the genre and it is something that many ’80s and ’90s action stars have done with varying degrees of success. It’s worth noting that Leslie Nielsen himself was primarily known as a dramatic actor prior to his appearance in Airplane!.
This is the first time we are hearing that Seth MacFarlane is working on The Naked Gun reboot, however. Back in 2013, Ed Helms was attached to star with Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (Reno 911!) writing the script, but more recently David Zucker and Pat Proft were said to be writing a script themselves. Seth MacFarlane is also developing a Revenge of the Nerds reboot with The Lucas Brothers. Do you think Liam Neeson has what it takes to become the next Leslie Nielsen?