Attention, Hollywood. New Line Cinema has released an open casting call and is looking for new talent that fits any of the following descriptions: a giant ex-football player, someone who can make cool machine gun sounds with their mouth and what they simply term a "Steve Guttenberg type." If you think you fit the studio's needs, please contact your agent to schedule an audition.

And be sure to wear your dress blues.

Okay, so New Line might not want to be deluged with actors off the street just yet, but you get the gist: 'Police Academy' is back in business. According to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line has acquired the brand from parent company Warner Bros. and is in the process of developing a reboot of the once-popular '80s franchise with original producer Paul Maslansky at the controls. Attention, Hollywood. New Line Cinema has released an open casting call and is looking for new talent that fits any of the following descriptions: a giant ex-football player, someone who can make cool machine gun sounds with their mouth and what they simply term a "Steve Guttenberg type." If you think you fit the studio's needs, please contact your agent to schedule an audition.

And be sure to wear your dress blues.

Okay, so New Line might not want to be deluged with actors off the street just yet, but you get the gist: 'Police Academy' is back in business. According to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line has acquired the brand from parent company Warner Bros. and is in the process of developing a reboot of the once-popular '80s franchise with original producer Paul Maslansky at the controls.

For those of you who may have blocked out memories of the series, 'Police Academy,' which centered on a group of social misfits recruited to bolster the failing police department of an unnamed American city, first debuted back in 1984. Staring Guttenberg as their lovable leader and featuring such iconic characters as the enormous Hightower (former Baltimore Colts standout Bubba Smith) and the master of the onomatopoeia, Larvell Jones (Michael Winslow), the first film in the series grossed an impressive $81 million despite production values most would classify as iffy. That low budget approach allowed the series to remain profitable through six sequels and a number of television spin-offs before the franchise finally petered out in the late '90s.

Now the time is right for a revival, at least according to Maslansky.

"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. "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."



Details of the plot remain sketchy, though we anticipate some bumbling will be involved, and it is still unclear whether any of the original cast, which also included luminaries such as Kim Cattrall and Bobcat Goldthwait, will reprise their roles. Still, in an age when franchises such as Marvel's 'The Incredible Hulk' are rebooting just five years after their first go-round, the question isn't why they would bring back 'Police Academy,' but why they haven't done it sooner.

Now if only they could figure out how to finally bring back 'Revenge of the Nerds' ...
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