On paper, to hear that Liam Neeson could potentially star in a reboot of the Leslie Neilsen film series, The Naked Gun, it just sounded like something so bizarre it might just work. Neeson has become much more famous in recent decades for his major action roles, which include: Batman Begins and the Taken movies, making him one of the highest-grossing action heroes of the past decade. As he sat down to talk to CinemaBlend about his current upcoming offering of the ice road, Neeson was asked how the idea went, and he was able to provide an update that seems worth getting excited about.
“I know Seth and his team are working on a concept, I’m very excited, and I think and hope Seth may be directing it himself. No date has been set, I think, I believe it’s Paramount Pictures that Seth approached, and Seth approached me. This was about a year and a half ago, maybe two years ago. So it’ll either ruin my career, whatever’s left of it, or I’ll find another little adventure, you know?”
There will be some who see the collaboration between Neeson and MacFarlane The Naked Gun reboot somewhat strange to accept as an actual real possibility. However, what should be kept in mind is that the couple has worked together a number of times in the past. MacFarlane’s A million ways to die in the West West featured Neeson as the villain, while also showing up for small cameos in Ted 2 and the series, The Orville. For fans of those outings, what could come out of this will be something they’d love to see progress.
There would be a curious reflection of life if Liam Neeson took on the part. We’ve got Liam Neeson taking over from Leslie Nielsen, a tongue twister of a phrase to say when you’re sober, but two names that are very similar. Plus, of course, Nielsen was a dramatic actor until he got his role of Dr. Rumack accepted in Aeroplane! From there he was in the police squad series, which took him straight to The Naked Gun. With Neeson definitely in his dramatic phase right now, as can be seen from his thrilling and certainly no laughing matter the ice road, so for him to then dive into the total ridiculousness of The Naked Gun would definitely repeat what Nielsen did for him.
Then of course we have Seth MacFarlane working on the script and possibly directing. While MacFarlane has his critics, he’s probably one of the few people who has the right sense of humor and wouldn’t be afraid to deliver The Naked Gun in all its politically incorrect glory for a new generation. If this goes through, and we have to remind ourselves that the project hasn’t been given the green light yet, it’s a reboot that I’d like to see coming. This comes to us from CinemaBlend.
Topics: The Naked Gun