DreamWorks Will Let Improv Actors Operate A Police Sting
What happened to the good cop comedy? Back in the 80s there were classics like Beverly Hills Cop, Tango and Cash, and 48 Hrs, and then masterpieces from the 90s like Police Academy: Mission to Moscow and Cop and 1/2...I think I just answered my own question. The sub-genre petered out nearly 20 years ago when it became clearer and clearer that they were simply firing blanks (see what I did there?). Recently, however, it seems as though folks in Hollywood are trying to bring it back, with Edgar Wright's incredible satire Hot Fuzz in 2007 and the incredibly awful Paul Blart: Mall Cop finding its way into theaters last year. And it's not stopping there.
Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have purchased a cop comedy pitch from writers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly that is being described as Tropic Thunder-esque, according to THR. The idea is that three improv actors are brought in by the police to assist in a low-level DVD-bootlegging sting, but things get messy when the actors realize that the pirating is only a front for "much more nefarious activities" and are forced to go on the run.
Regardless of how you feel about the return of the cop comedy, this doesn't sound like the worst idea in the world. Trevorrow and Connolly are both fairly inexperienced, but with the right director and actors this could work out well for everybody. Sure, calling something Tropic Thunder-esque is fairly stupid when that movie was basically Three Amigos in Vietnam, but that sure turned out to be a damn funny movie so hopes should remain high for this one.
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