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Early this month, we told you that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele were producing a remake of Police Academy. The sketch-comedy duo will collaborate on the project with Paul Maslansky, producer of past Police Academy installments. Vulture talked to the Key & Peele stars at Saturday's American Comedy Awards about how they’ll update the 30-year-old, seven-film franchise. “It's one of these things that everybody knows, everyone has this sort of passionate relationship to the thing, and we want to completely update the tone,” said Peele. “Make it feel nice and real and grounded and bring some of what we do with Key & Peele to that franchise.” “We’re holding that baby very gingerly, and we hope not to drop it,” adds Key, who actually saw the second Police Academy first, because his parents wouldn't take him to see its predecessor. “It’s still iconic. I can't believe the amount of »
- Jenna Marotta
The Hollywood Reporter writes that the duo are joining original "Police Academy" producer Paul Maslansky in reviving the franchise, which spawned seven films and two TV series from 1984 to 1994. Maslansky has been attached to the reboot for several years, and while the film has seen collaborators come and go -- including onetime director Scott Zabielski -- the producer told THR in 2010 that he was determined to populate the project with emerging comedic talent, something the addition of Key and Peele confirms.
"It's going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV," Maslansky told THR at the time. "It's going to be a new class. We hope to »
- Katie Roberts
The original Police Academy film series was a big hit in the ’80s and ’90s. The comedy franchise follows the exploits of a group of academy misfits and recruits, centering around Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg). Other stars include Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow, David Graf and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Key and Peele have been making audiences laugh on Us station Comedy Central since 2012, and their self-titled show Key and Peele has been renewed for a fourth season. We don’t know yet whether the pair will be acting in the reboot or just behind the camera. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
We've seen comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele get hilariously excited about A Good Day to Die Hard and Liam Neeson in Non-Stop, and their work on the hit Comedy Central sketch series has led to the duo writing a feature film comedy with Judd Apatow. Now they've got another feature film project in the works as THR reports Key & Peele have signed on to produced the gestating remake of the comedy franchise Police Academy. The project has been gestating since 2010, and "Tosh.0" director Scott Zabielski was once attached to be at the helm, but has since vacated the project, leaving the position open. In addition, Paul Maslansky, producer of the original franchise that contains a total of seven films that ran for 10 years from 1984 to 1994 and even had a couple of TV series. As of now, Key & Peele are just producing, but we hope that they'll end up having »
- Ethan Anderton
The last time we checked in on the progress of a new Police Academy film, it was 2012, with The Break-Up’s Jeremy Garelick hired to take a new crack at the script. Since then, director Scott Zabielski has come and gone and New Line now believes that comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the men best suited to help guide the recruits back to our screens.In 2010, New Line and franchise producer Paul Maslansky announced that the new movie would take the reboot route, retaining the concept of a group of raw cop recruits who must help save their city but without the original cast, which included veteran Steve Guttenberg. "It's going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV," Maslansky told The Hollywood Reporter at the time. "It's going to be a new class. We hope to discover »
Good news for the many Police Academy fans who grew up to be Key & Peele fans: The Hollywood Reporter reports that Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have signed on to produce New Line Cinema's reboot of the beloved seven-movie comedy. There's no word on whether they will act in the project, but the sketch comedy duo would likely fit in at the Academy. Either way, they will join original producer Paul Maslansky, who promised THR that the film is "going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV." While New Line announced its intention to do a new Police Academy four years ago, it has been on hold for a while, with director Scott Zabielski no longer attached and original franchise star Steve Guttenberg's willingness to participate still unclear. Here's hoping, recruits! »
- Delia Paunescu
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who are best known for their comedy show "Key and Peele," have signed on to produce New Line Cinema's upcoming "Police Academy" reboot. Original producer Paul Maslansky is set to return for the new film, which will once again focus on a ragtag group of police recruits who are repeatedly called to help save the city. The first movie was released in 1984 and starred Steve Guttenberg. It went on to get six sequels and a pair of TV series. "It's going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV," said Maslansky. "It's going to be a new class. We hope to discover new talent and season it with great comedians. It'll be anything but another movie with a numeral next to it. And we'll most probably retain the wonderful musical theme." A reboot of »
MOS2 The highly anticipated sequel to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, commonly referred to as Batman vs. Superman, has added three more actors to the cast, each in roles created specifically for the movie: Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire, Tao Okamoto and Academy Award-winner Holly Hunter (The Piano). In a statement released by Warner Bros., Snyder said:
Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen. I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her. ... [Callan is] a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with him again. And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress. »
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The duo were previously cast members of MADtv. They went on to write and star in sketch show Key & Peele, which premiered its third series on Comedy Central in September and was recently renewed for a fourth.
It is unclear if the comedy pairing will also appear in the rebooted franchise.
The series wrapped up in 1994 in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. »
The original seven film series followed a group of quirky, unexceptional police recruits tasked with bringing law and order to the mean city streets.
The new film is expected to retain the iconic theme music but will otherwise reboot the series with various fresh-faced comedians as a new batch of recruits.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Original Police Academy producer Paul Maslansky is teaming with the duo for a fresh take on this timeless 1984 classic, which revolves around a ragtag team of misfits who join the local Police Academy in order to save their city from crime and corruption. It is not known how this farce on affirmative action will be reworked for the modern era, as no story details have been revealed.
The original franchise spanned 7 movies and two full seasons of a TV series, along with an animated series, kicking off in 1984 with Police Academy, which starred Steve Guttenberg as the group's leader Mahoney, and ending in 1994 with Police Academy: Mission to Moscow. The entire series pulled in a combined gross of $242 million worldwide, »
When last we reported on the planned reboot of New Line Cinema's Police Academy franchise, Scott Zabielski was attached to direct. He's no longer in the picture, but Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are now signed on to produce the film. The seven-film franchise featured a group of quirky and hilariously unexceptional police recruits tasked with bringing law and order to city streets. There's no word just yet as to whether or not they would also star, though their style of humor on the sketch comedy show Key & Peele certainly makes them well-suited. Hit the jump for more. THR reports that Key and Peele are on board to produce the Police Academy reboot, which has been in the works for some years now. Paul Maslansky, who produced the original 1984 film starring Steve Guttenberg, is also back to produce the reboot. Here's what Maslansky had to say about the project: »
- Dave Trumbore
New Line has been attempting to reboot the “Police Academy” franchise in recent years. ”Tosh.O’s” Scott Zabielski was attached to direct at one point, and Jeremy Garelick (“The Break-Up”) has written the most recent script.
The duo is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.
News was first reported by The Tracking Board.
- Dave McNary
Having established themselves as a formidable comedy brand with their hit sketch series “Key & Peele,” Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele are making a deal to produce the “Police Academy” reboot for New Line, TheWrap has learned. Scott Zabielski (“Tosh.0”) is no longer attached to direct the film, which Key and Peele are in talks to produce with Paul Maslansky. While the duo have not agreed to star in the reboot yet, it's conceivable that they could appear in front of the camera depending on the strength of the script, which is currently being rewritten by Jeremy Garelick. David Diamond. »
- Jeff Sneider
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, best known for sketch comedy show Key & Peele, have signed on to produce New Line Cinema's Police Academy reboot. Original producer Paul Maslansky is back for the new iteration, which aims to remake the seven-film comedy series about a ragtag group of police recruits who repeatedly are called to help save the city. Sam Brown is overseeing for New Line. Story: Key and Peele: 'Lorne Michaels Has a History of Relating to White Men' (Q&A) The first film, released in 1984 by Warner Bros., starred Steve Guttenberg as Mahoney, the group's leader. The
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