Comics Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, the stars of the Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, have signed on to produce New Line Cinema’s reboot of the classic Police Academy franchise. They’ll be joining Paul Maslansky, who produced the original 1984 film starring Steve Guttenberg, in working on the project.
Although never a critical favorite, the franchise was popular with audiences, a popularity helped by the home video boom of the 1980s, and ran seven installments.
Maslansky had this to say about the reboot to the Hollywood Reporter –
It’s going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV… t’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.
New Line has been trying to restart the franchise for several years, but with little luck. Back in 2010, the attached first-time director Scott Zabielski but he is no longer with the project.
Outside of their producing duties, there is no word as to what other jobs Key and Peele may take on for this new Police Academy movie. They are certainly involved on the creative side and it would not surprise me if they were to take a pass at the screenplay themselves. And if you’ve seen their show on Comedy Central you know that they have some pretty good comedy acting chops, so I don’t believe it would be a bad thing if they turned up in front of the camera as well.