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The Naked Gun Reboot - Ed Helms attached, all hope lost


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Just days after posting about how the recasting of Indiana Jones would mean I could never buy into any reboot of the franchise comes the latest travesty; Ed Helms is to star as Lt. Frank Drebin in a reboot of the Naked Gun franchise.

Paramount has hired the writers of 'Night At The Museum' to pen a script for the film and want comedic actor Helms in the lead role, massively missing the point that Drebin only worked because Nielson played him 100% straight.

Nielsen WAS Drebin in the way that Sellers was Closeau; he can't be replaced :(

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Why are you so obsessed with remakes anyway? It doesn't change the originals. The Steve Martin Pink Panther films are an abomination, but the Peter Seller ones are still there.

It doesn't change the originals, just like terrible sequels and prequels don't. What all those things are guilty of is using people's love for an older movie to trick them into paying for a fucking awful new movie which has the same name. It's literally the only reason to attach the name to something like this and it's a dick move, disrespecting the original film and the fans of it.

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But it's not just that is it. It's introducing younger people to a film/franchise which 99.9% of the time is a lot worse than the original.

For example. If people see the new Terminators or Robocops and think they're crap, they're gonna have no interest in the originals and could miss out on some truly wonderful films.

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Leslie Nielson walks into an office at Paramount studios. Says to the writers of this reboot, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant:

Some time later, their movie is released, but it is a complete flop, and quickly vanishes from memory, leaving the writers penniless, their careers in tatters.

At which point Leslie Nielson walks in, and says to them:

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But it's not just that is it. It's introducing younger people to a film/franchise which 99.9% of the time is a lot worse than the original.

For example. If people see the new Terminators or Robocops and think they're crap, they're gonna have no interest in the originals and could miss out on some truly wonderful films.

Exactly. The worst thing is saying to someone younger 'what do you think of Predator?', and them saying something like 'meh, didnt like the cgi and Brody is a charisma vacuum'. NO! That's not what I meant!

And even if you then direct them to the original, they'll forever be comparing it to the dross they saw already. Even if they love it, their experience is inherently tainted by not going in fresh. Especially if it's one of those reboots that keeps making nods to the original every couple of minutes.

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Oh come on anyone with even a vague interest in films is going to know these films are reboots and not new. I'd say a very small percentage of the audience is genuinely unaware of a film's history, especially with films like Robocop, Total Recall, etc. These films are part of our culture (Naked Gun, less so I'd say).

And like has been said 99.9% of reboots are shit, right? And everyone knows it. And yet the cinemas are still getting bums on the seats when they are released. Go look at the Robocop thread and the amount of people bitching about the way the suit looks and it's going to be shit and the original is definitive and blah blah and yet come release I bet a chunk of those people will be sat in the cinema congratulating themselves on their amazing foresight.

Meanwhile in Hollywood the execs see another profitable film, and go in search of the next great film to remake/reboot/desicrate.

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