{TB EXCLUSIVE} Live-Action “Inspector Gadget” Reboot On The Way From “Lego Movie” Producer Dan Lin


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 〉The iconic cartoon character is getting another live-action film treatment

Everybody’s favorite bumbling cyborg policeman is making his return to the big screen via Lin Pictures and Disney. will produce the reboot, which sources confirm will be another live-action interpretation of the beloved cartoon classic. The film is expected to wash away the existence of the 1999 Matthew Broderick outing, as well as the subsequent follow-up with French Stewart. Classic characters Gadget, Penny, and Brain are expected to appear, once again battling their unseen enemy, Doctor Claw. Lin Pictures’ president of production Jonathan Eirich will oversee alongside Mark Bauch.

Inspector Gadget intitally ran from 1983 to 1986, but remained in syndication into the late ’90s. The series followed a dimwitted half-robotic policeman who could summon nearly limitless amounts of useful, and often useless, gadgets by saying “Go-Go-Gadget,” and then inserting the name of the item. Though his gadgets almost regularly malfunctioned, Gadget solved capers and crimes with his niece Penny and dog Brain in tow, often thwarting the schemes of the nefarious Doctor Claw and his diabolic agents working for the evil M.A.D. syndicate.


A live-action adaptation loosely based on the series was released by Disney in 1999, starring Matthew Broderick, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Rupert Everett. The film was generally poorly received, but still led to a straight-to-DVD sequel starring French Stewart as the titular hero. The character returned in an updated CGI-animated series, which just recently premiered in the U.S. on Netflix this past March.

Lin Pictures most recently produced Warner Bros.’ massive animated hit The Lego Movie. Other credits include the Robert Downey Jr./Jude Law Sherlock Holmes series and the Josh Brolin/Ryan Gosling pulp-crime outing Gangster Squad. Lin is currently in on an impressive array of high-profile projects, including the third Sherlock Holmes and The Lego Movie sequel and spinoffs.


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  1. Liam Scanlan on

    I think that if anyone can play Inspector Gadget in this reboot, it should either be Jim Carrey, whose character in Anchorman 2 resembled him, or Steve Carrell, who also starred in another adaptation of a TV show starring Don Adams, Get Smart, where he played Adams’s character, whose name is, correct me if I’m wrong, Jonathan Smart.

  2. Liam Scanlan on

    Oh, and I also think that Josh Gad will play a great Corporal Capeman (aka Captain Capeman or simply “Capey”)! Too bad THAT character never appeared in the 1999 live-action film, or even its direct-to-video sequel!

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