Hollywood’s Liam Neeson in talks to lead Paramount’s ‘Naked Gun’ reboot
Liam Neeson, a Hollywood veteran, is in talks to star in the upcoming reboot of “Naked Gun” by Paramount Pictures. According to Variety, Akiva Schaffer will direct the current take on the ’80s slapstick comedy from a screenplay he co-wrote with “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand.
The project is being produced by Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins under their Fuzzy Door label.
Neeson previewed the remake earlier this year at the People’s Choice Awards (The TV Show). He previously stated that McFarlane and Paramount want him to reboot the “Naked Gun” movie.
Leslie Nielsen starred in the original “Naked Gun” trilogy as Franklin “Frank” Drebin, a good-hearted and naïve investigator at the center of a police procedural spoof.
The film “The Naked Gun: From the Files of a Police Squad,” released in 1988, was a critical and commercial triumph. It was followed by two sequels: “The Naked Gun 212: The Smell of Fear” in 1991 and “The Naked Gun 3313: The Final Insult” in 1994. David Zucker directed the first two films, while Peter Segal directed the third.