The Naked Gun returning as a social game

The prospects for a new Naked Gun movie without Leslie Nielsen may be slim but the franchise is coming back, re-imagined as an adventure game on social networks.

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Without Leslie Nielsen, the prospects for a new Naked Gun movie are slim, but the franchise is coming back--as a social network game. Now before immediately dismissing it, the developer's plans sound an awful lot like the sort of adventure games Telltale has been making. The Naked Gun: International Crime Unit Police (yep, I.C.U.P.) will have players form squads to solve episodic mysteries.

The game is being built on GameCentric Media's 'Story Box' engine. In the announcement press release, GameCentric owner Paul Limon, whose resume includes a long turn at Blizzard in creative roles on games including Starcraft and Diablo II, said, "With Story Box we hope to deliver something that has yet to be seen in this arena. Since adventure gaming mechanics have proven to be highly successful in other casual arenas, it's a natural progression."

Working with Limon are Robert LoCash, who wrote and produced two to the Naked Gun films, and Nick Creature. Of working on the storied franchise, Creature said, "As a writer who grew up watching Police Squad and the Naked Gun films, I can't tell you what an incredible feeling it is to be able to put things in Frank Drebin's mouth." Uh, yeah, sounds like Creature at least has the shtick down pat.

No release date for the game was provided but given the typical quick turnaround time for social games we shouldn't have to wait long. In the meantime, a few characters can be seen on the GameCentric Media site, including Norberg. I hear OJ won't be reprising his role but the developers are after an equally intriguing celebrity to take over.

From The Chatty
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    March 22, 2011 4:15 PM

    Comment on The Naked Gun returning as a social game, by Garnett Lee.

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      March 22, 2011 4:17 PM

      We don't cover that many social games, but it's The Naked Gun. I mean, come on! Also, it sounds like they may be trying to a more "game" approach to the development, shooting for a classic adventure.

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      March 22, 2011 4:19 PM

      Naked Gun/Police Squad anything without Leslie Nielsen makes me feel all sad inside.

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      March 22, 2011 4:23 PM

      R.I.P Leslie Nielsen.... That guy will be missed, going off topic but he was the main character to Naked Gun and one funny guy!

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      March 22, 2011 4:48 PM

      Haha, nice. I hope it's really funny. I own just about every Zucker movie.

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      March 22, 2011 4:52 PM

      I LOVE making whole websites in flash! it helps you to link people to appropriate information that's buried a few menus deep in your site!

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      March 22, 2011 6:36 PM

      Good job making the guy look nothing like Leslie Nielsen.

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        March 22, 2011 7:13 PM

        He kinda looks like Jack Thompson if you squint a little bit.

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      March 22, 2011 7:52 PM

      Was really excited until I read the words 'social game'. Still, I'll give 'em a chance, although I'm not getting my hopes up.

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      March 22, 2011 9:21 PM

      It's Drebin JR....found it on their website

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      March 23, 2011 7:56 AM

      If there are mountains of pistachios I just might give it a shot.

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      March 24, 2011 2:38 AM

      Like a blind man in an orgy, I'm going to have to feel this out