Hollywood has found another franchise to remake or rather add a sequel to. Paramount Pictures have decided to bring detective Debrin back. A character that was originally made famous by Leslie Nielsen in the 80’s and 90’s. So who will step in and take on the role?
Ed Helms (“The Hangover” franchise) has been brought in to star in the reboot. The return of Detective Frank Drebin will be written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, best known for the “Night at the Museum movies.
Garant and Lennon recently have given a little insight as to how the character will be brought back; “Right now we’re calling it ‘Episode IV – A New Hope. That will change, but that’s the working title… Our take is that Ed Helms is Frank Drebin, no relation. That’s how he introduces himself. We are making it clear that he is not Leslie. Those shoes are just too big to fill”
The creators will use the “no relation” joke to offer a rebooted protagonist without ignoring the events of the previous films, but still capturing their style. Garant offered up the following when discussing it’s style and humour; “We are trying to reinvent the world, because that world was very ‘Dragnet,’ but we’re trying to fit in 100 jokes a page… It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re very much embracing the style.”
The original franchise starred Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, Anna Nicole Smith (one film) and O.J Simpson. Something tells me the latter will not make a cameo, however, Priscilla might be available.