Ed Helms to Star in Reboot of ‘The Naked Gun’

Yeah, we can see him as the new Frank Drebin

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Ed Helms on Sept. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles
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Leslie Nielsen. Ed Helms. Ed Helms. Leslie Nielsen. About the same, right? Even if you don’t agree, you’ll get to see Helms take over Nielsen’s bumbling Frank Drebin character if Paramount’s remake of The Naked Gun franchise keeps progressing according to Variety.

Originally based on the 1982 ABC six-episode Police Squad! show—the TV version was cancelled after just six spoof-filled airings—the first Naked Gun movie hit theaters in 1988 and continued on with the goofily titled sequels The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult until ending its run in 1994.

Nielsen played a deadpanning Drebin, a role Helms will walk into a decade later after extensive comedy experience, both on the small screen in The Office and recently on a string of movies, including We’re the Millers, Stretch (2014), The Hangover trilogy and plenty more. We’ve seen display Helms  Airplane-esque behavior with his roles, similar to how Nielsen played his part, so this move probably doesn’t come as a great shock.

We’ve no clue as to what the fourth installment will be named. And exactly which fraction the title will contain.

[Variety]

6 comments
jptaz
jptaz

This is a horrible idea, Ed helms isn't even funny. Please give this role to somebody else or don't even bother rebooting the series.

Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

The only thing that Leslie Nielsen and Ed Helms have in common is that they are both comedians. But really they are nothing alike.


That being said, I hope this will do well. I love the Naked Gun series and even though Ed Helms is nothing like Leslie Nielsen, this could turn out well, if they take this in a different style as a different interpretation that works for a different actor.

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

Another redo for the studios. Well that's not surprising based on past performance. You think they would have learned from "The Lone Ranger".  Are the studio exec's waiting for Mel Brooks to pass before making a PC version of Blazing Saddles? 

That will go over big!

Dgarner1964
Dgarner1964

What a challenge to continue the Naked Gun series. If anyone can keep the hilarious facial expressions, perfect timing and awkward confidence of the late Leslie Neilson as Det. Frank Drebin, Ed Helms is a great choice.

CaseySRoss
CaseySRoss

FRANK. Not Fred. Do your research, please.