The first Police Academy was released in 1984 and marked one of Eighties icon Steve Guttenberg’s first major roles. He played petty criminal-turned-police cadet Carey Mahoney.
The movie‘s premise was that a newly elected mayor of an unnamed US city had announced a policy requiring the police department to accept all willing recruits, leading to the induction of an array of colourful misfits.
A new Police Academy film has been proposed for some time and the latest will be the first since 1994’s ill-fated Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow was in the works.
The series grossed total of $242m at the worldwide box office and also spawned two TV series, one a cartoon.
In August last year, it was suggested that Steve Guttenberg, who played Mahoney, would return. He has since denied any interest in revisiting Police Academy.
It’s unlikely that sound effects wizard Michael Winslow, one of the best loved Police Academy Originals, will be returning either.
The first film in the series also starred Kim Cattrall, later of Sex and the City fame, as well as David Graf as military obsessed cadet Eugene Tackleberry and Bubba Smith as gentle giant cadet Moses Hightower.
The 6ft 7in tall Smith, went on to appear in five more Police Academy films, and died in August 2010 from heart disease and acute drug intoxication at the age of 66, while Graf (who was in all seven films) suffered a heart attackand died in 2001 while at a family wedding.