Deadline reports that New Line Cinema has hired screenwriter Jeremy Garelick to rewrite the current script for the reboot of the Police Academy franchise. Garelick is best known for writing the screenply for The Break Up. He’ll perform rewrites on the current script, most recently drafted by David Diamond and David Weissman.
New Line had previously signed Scott Zabielski to direct the remake of the popular 80’s film series. Zabielski is primarily known for producing and directing episodes of “Tosh.0”. Zabielski will be making his feature film debut. While Zabielski is new to features, he’s quite familiar with the concept of a police academy. He went through the academy and is a reserve police officer in West Hollywood.
The original seven-film comedy series starred actors such Steve Guttenberg, G.W. Bailey, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bubba Smith, David Graf, Marion Ramsey, Michael Winslow, Kim Cattrall and Sharon Stone and detailed the comical misadventures of police training. The original film grossed over $81 million dollars at the box office, and was the sixth highest grossing film of 1984. However, box office revenue dropped off sharply as the series progressed, and by the time Police Academy 7: Mission To Moscow was released in 1994, most of the original cast had left and the popularity of the series had dwindled.