A couple of weeks ago the trades announced that the long-gestating “Police Academy 8” would instead be retooled as a ‘reboot’, signaling the possible exclusion of the original cast members (Steve Guttenberg in particular) who hoped to be involved in the belated cop comedy.
Guttenberg can remove the gun from his head – he may be required back for the new “Police Academy” after all.
In an interview with MTV, Producer Paul Maslansky said he hopes to bring back some of the original boys (and girls) in blue to train up the new recruits.
“All I know is that I want to bring back some of the older characters to it, and maybe they’ll have principal roles, some of them, and some of them might be just you know [a cameo].”
If I was a betting man I’d say Guttenberg, Michael Winslow (who reprised Jones for the “Police Academy” TV series), G.W Bailey, Bubba Smith and have a shot at those “principal roles” whilst George Gaynes, now 92, would likely make a special but fleeting appearance as fan fave Lassard.
Sad that Tackleberry won’t be back (David Graf is no longer with us) but there’s a fair chance we will be seeing his offspring in the new film. Those that watched the spin-off TV series will recall a Dean and Dirk Tacklberry at the Academy.
At one stage Guttenberg mentioned Sharon Stone and Kim Cattrall would be likely reprising their roles as Claire Mattson (from “Police Academy IV : Citizens on Patrol”) and Karen Thompson (“Police Academy”), respectively, but I’d say that’s merely wishful thinking on Mahoney’s behalf.
What will be back? The iconic theme and the atmosphere of the 1984 original…
“I want to recreate that atmosphere that the first [movie] had. I’m going to use the theme obviously from Robert Folk, who wrote the music. Believe me, that theme, probably it was as helpful as anything in that first movie to bring it to life,” Maslansky explained. “I’m going to do everything in my power to satisfy an audience that I know will be accepting.”
As for where the film is at? “We’re just in the formative stage”, says Maslansky.