Messing with Memories: ‘Police Academy’

When Marge joined the police academy, I thought it was going to be fun and exciting. Like that movie ‘Spaceballs.’ Instead, it was just sad and depressing, like that movie ‘Police Academy.‘ –Homer Simpson

Hightower, Tacklebery and That Voice Guy are on assignment yet again. For the first time. Actually, it is doubtful that Bubba and the gang will have little more than glorified cameos in the latest, which is next on the slate for a do-over.

Police Academy has been to Miami, Moscow and Under Seige (strangely, though, they did not meet up with Steven Segal), and a television series, both live-action and animated.

Certainly, you recall the immortal television show, right?

Don’t remember the animated show? Here ya ago:

Producer Paul Mazlansky is heading back to the basic training with the franchise, to be produced by New Line Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The first of the seemingly endless series was released in March of 1984 and made almost its 20 times its budget of $4 million.  A year later (almost to the date) the sequel, “Their First Assignment” introduced Bobcat Goldthwait to the cast, and grossed $55 million. The laws of diminishing returns (in many senses) applied to the remainder of the series: they went “Back in Training” in 1986 with $43 million; the “Citizens on Patrol” earned $28 million the following year; the remaining cast members headed on “Assignment: Miami Beach” in 1988, taking $19 million; 1989 found a “City Under Seige” with a total of $11 million; and finally it headed on a “Mission to Moscow,” yet went nowhere in theaters (grossing $127,000).

No word yet on production dates, as casting is just beginning.

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4 Comments

  1. mycitydeal.co.uk have launched a film deal for a limited time; £1 to watch ANY film at Cineworld up to the value of £12 – including 3D showings! http://www.mycitydeal.co.uk/deals/london

  2. I recall reading many months ago that Steve Guttenberg expressed interest in doing such a film, so could he be behind this horror?

    And it now seems that Hollywood is scraping the bottom of the barrel for remakes.
    Not that the first two films weren’t amusing, but…come on. Even the “Revenge of the Nerds” films have a bit more sophisticatation than these.

    • Here is where I am really ambivalent about the whole “remake” thing. As a kid, I remember laughing; but even at a young age, it felt disposable. I think I stopped even caring after two (as did the producers).
      So, in understanding that Hollywood is a business, I really don’t care that this is going back into the mill. Because of the name recognition, I get that. And, as you pointing out with “Nerds” the whole misfits-rising-up storyline is nothing new, so maybe it’s a chance to see some funny, equally disposable jokes from a new generation.

  3. Up until City Under Siege liked them all for their dumbed down slapstick humor especially in Police Academy 2,when Mahoney glues Mauser’s hands to his scalp hair and he gets hairy palms and is forced ro wear that blonde cow-licked goodboy wig. Didn’t get (and probably never will get) what was so great about the Zed character that they had to keep bringing him back, he was just a jerk.


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