Robert Ben Garant is one of the hardest working screenwriters in Hollywood. Partnered with Thomas Lennon, who can currently be seen starring in the sitcom Sean Saves the World, the duo are responsible for the Night at the Museum franchise amongst countless other high concept comedies, and they made their joint feature directorial debut with this past year's horror comedy Hell Baby. The two men have a lot on their plate, but one of their more suspicious projects is a 'reboot' of the The Naked Gun franchise, which has already seen three movies to the big screen and a short lived TV series that started it all.
CraveOnline recently spoke with the very busy man, who does everything across the spectrum, including acting, sketch comedy, and producing, about The Naked Gun, which was first reported as a 'reboot'.
While the series is getting an overhaul, Robert Ben Garant wants to emphasis that its more of a sequel, or continuation of the franchise, more than it will be a remake of what came before it. He confirms that the movie will be written in the classic David Zucker/ Jim Abrahams/ Jerry Zucker style, with far too many gags to catch the first time around.
"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. Right now we're calling it Episode IV - A New Hope. That will change, but that's the working title.
It's the [same] world. It's great. I'm a huge fan. Those movies are incredible. They're so good."
A key factor in rebooting the series, as it were, while keeping it true to the original is having Ed Helms play a completely different Frank Drebin, a joke that pays homage to the original.
"Our take is that Ed Helms
is Frank Drebin, no relation. That's how he introduces himself."
Will he retain Leslie Nielsen's silver fox handsomeness in bringing the character to life?
"Oh, I don't know. He's already kind of going gray. We're making it pretty clear that he's not Leslie Nielsen
. Those are just too big of shoes to fill but we're going to try to do as good as those. Those movies are so funny. They're so solid."
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The Naked Gun comes to theaters in 2015 and stars Ed Helms.