by: Madison Barnes
It’s recently been confirmed that a new installment of the classic ’80s comedy franchise POLICE ACADEMY is under way at New Line Cinema, as they hope to reboot it by picking up where the last film left off. Keegan Key and Jordan Peele are attached to produce the film, and from the looks of their previous work, that usually means they will star as well.
“Police Academy” was arguably the biggest comedy franchise of the ’80s, with seven films made from 1984 to 1994. It starred Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall, and Bubba Smith, launching careers and life-long collaborations. The addition of the “Key and Peele” duo to the new version adds a remarkably fresh and brilliant opportunity to appeal to modern audiences, and here at the Tracking Board we’re pulling for them to take on roles themselves.
They’re known for their work on MADtv and the hit Comedy Central sketch comedy show. Their Barack Obama impressions went viral around the 2012 election (and even before that to be accurate), most notably the sketch with “Luther,” President Obama’s anger translator, who would translate Obama’s vague statements to the press in a politically incorrect and hilarious way. They are currently collaborating on an Untitled Judd Apatow Comedy Project at Universal as well.
There have been numerous spin-offs of the “Police Academy” series, with an animated series lasting two seasons from 1988-1989, and a live-action series in 1997 that resulted in 26 hour-long episodes. It will be very interesting to see where they take this new “reboot” as it starts where the last film left off, leaving the possibility for the original actors to make cameos or even have supporting roles.
Paul Maslansky is set to produce, and Scott Zablieski is currently attached to direct. New Line is working off a script penned by David Diamond and David Welssman, with Jeremy Garelick currently re-writing.