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Liam Neeson 'nervous' about following in Leslie Nielsen's footsteps with Naked Gun reboot
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Liam Neeson 'nervous' about following in Leslie Nielsen's footsteps with Naked Gun reboot

Liam Neeson 'nervous' about following in Leslie Nielsen's footsteps with Naked Gun reboot
Photo: © ANP

Liam Neeson has a tough task on his hands to try and replicate the success of The Naked Gun with the new reboot.

The original Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is recognised as one of the greatest comedy movies of all time. It spawned two sequels: Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.

The movies follow the escapades of Frank Drebin, played by the late, great Leslie Nielsen.

Talk of a fourth movie can be traced back to 2009 when Nielsen was approached to reprise his role for a direct-to-TV sequel. When Paramount requested that his role be minimised, the project ultimately fell apart.

Ed Helms then attempted to get a reboot off the ground, but that fizzled away, too. It was recently confirmed that Neeson will take on the role of Frank Drebin Jr, with filming set to take place in the coming months.

But, the Irishman is feeling the pressure to try and follow in Nielsen's footsteps.

"I've done a couple of, like, TV skits with Stephen Colbert and Ricky Gervais, but those were two minutes, three minutes tops," he told MovieWeb.com.

"But I'm a bit nervous about 'Naked Gun', because it's a feature film... If he tests it well, which I'm sure he will, Akiva Schaffer is our writer-director. And there's lots of funny gags, lots of funny visual gags happening at the same time while 'serious things' are being discussed, you know?

"It's not a remake. It's a reboot. It's a totally different thing. I think we start in May and shoot for a couple of months or so. It's a good script but it's still developing.

"You know, there's about three laugh-out-loud moments, but we need seven or eight."

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