It's a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of Hollywood studios don't amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill. And these are our beans. According to "Naked Gun" director David Zucker, a reboot of the popular 1988 comedy could be in the cards for Paramount, provided the studio actually wants to do a reboot of "Naked Gun."
Speaking with Matt Patches from Hollywood.com, Zucker -- making press rounds for "Scary Movie V" -- compared "Naked Gun" to "Star Trek," the popular television series turned movie franchise that Paramount has under its banner.
"I think Paramount has an international brand in 'Naked Gun' and I think there's something you can do," Zucker said. The original "Naked Gun" was based on "Police Squad," a short-lived 1982 television series that mocked the conventions of police procedurals. Both the series and film were created by Zucker, his brother Jerry and Jim Abrahams and starred Leslie Nielsen. The actor died in 2010 at the age of 84, but Zucker thinks he would be replaceable as "Naked Gun" lead character, Det. Frank Drebin.
"There are people who can do that and they're not famous. You wouldn't know who they were. But I know actors who can do it."
The last "Naked Gun" film, "Naked Gun 33 1/3," was released in 1994 and feature a plot about some villains blowing up the Academy Awards. Rumors of a fourth film surfaced in 2008, but nothing materialized. After Nielsen's death in 2010, it was revealed that Paramount was discussing "Naked Gun 4," but as a direct-to-video feature without Nielsen.
For more from Zucker, including the crazy circumstances that brought him back to the "Scary Movie" franchise, head to Hollywood.com.