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For nearly two years now there have been whispers of New Line putting together a remake of the smash hit 80s comedy 'Police Academy.' If you aren't familiar with the concept of 'Police Academy,' basically the police force's recruiting standards are lowered by the mayor so they must open their doors to any misfit or reject that applies. A group of colorful characters, each with bizarre personalities or attributes, ends up rising to the occasion and succeeding where everyone thought they would fail. Well finally, New Line has locked in a director so it would appear the project is no longer stagnating. Scott Zabielski, who has yet to helm a feature film, will be directing the reboot. Zabielski's only directing credit to date is the popular Comedy Central series 'Tosh.0,' but what may have earned him the gig is the fact that he has been through an actual police academy and is a reserve officer in West Hollywood. No word yet on casting or when shooting might begin.
This is not what I would classify as great news on any front. I was perfectly happy thinking New Line's half-baked plan to remake 'Police Academy' was dead. As lowbrow as they might have been perceived to be, one of the great things about the 'Police Academy' movies (at least the first couple) is that they were fantastic ensemble comedies. I can only shudder to think of which flash-in-the-pan "talent" will end up occupying the remake; no doubt Daniel Tosh will make an appearance given the directing choice. And I'm sorry, the fact that Zabielski went through actual police training means very little here, no disrespect to our fine men and women in blue of course. It's just that the first film is a farce about the training procedure and therefore not greatly concerned with authenticity. You don't need to know all the ins and outs of an actual police academy to get the jokes in 'Police Academy.'
What do you guys think? Is anyone optimistic for a 'Police Academy' remake?