Police Academy's Stubborn Resilience

What, you thought seven films and a cartoon series was enough?

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Police Academy is back. After six sequels, a cartoon show, and a live-action series, producer Paul Maslanksy is hungry for more. "It's going to be very worthwhile to the people who remember it and to those who saw it on TV," Maslansky says. The '80s slapstick franchise featured a ragtag group of misfits at a beleaguered police department. A number of entertainment critics are baffled at New Line's decision to get behind the project.

  • How Has Police Academy Survived This Long?! exclaims Josh Tyler at Cinema Blend. "The Police Academy blight kicked off in the wild 80s, during the first wave of raunch comedies ... It was mediocre entertainment and it's worth noting only because for some inexplicable reason it spawned seven sequels."
  • It's Been a Financial Success, explains Scott Harris at Moviefone: '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 ... 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."
  • But Will It Be Good? muses Monika Bartyzel at Cinematical. She says execution is everything. "I'm not entirely opposed to the idea -- probably because these were never movies I held near and dear to my heart. Nevertheless, it will all come down to the cast. And, chances are, we can already pick the sort of names that will circle this -- Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, etc."
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