The Naked Gun director David Zucker is returning to the spoof genre with The Star Of Malta: more details here.

Spoof movies are a very rare beast these days, with the best we’ve got being the wonderful Goes Wrong Show on BBC One. But one of the fathers of the modern spoof, David Zucker, is now returning to the genre for The Star Of Malta.

This is set to spoof classic film noirs and caper films, although the late, great Carl Reiner didn’t do too bad a job of that with his overlooked 80s comedy Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, starring Steve Martin.

In this case, Zucker – who directed the first two The Naked Gun films (the first and co-wrote/co-directed Airplane! and the peerless Top Secret – is reuniting with Pat Proft to pen the screenplay. Furthermore, Michael McManus has worked on the screenplay too.

It’s set in 1940s America, and follows a boxer released from prison after killing an opponent in a match. He then follows the love of his life to Hollywood – but on the way finds himself in possession of the star of Malta of the film’s title.

It’s the first film for Zucker and Profit since 2013’s utterly forgettable Scary Movie 5 – but let’s hope this one fares a little better. A good spoof movie is long, long overdue.

More as we hear it.

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