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'Zombieland' Director Ruben Fleischer Is Making A 'Cops' Movie, Because Why Not

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 22, 2016 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 22, 2016 |

Ruben Fleischer is taking on the big screen adaptation of the long-running FOX reality series, from when that meant something. If you haven’t ever watched COPS, I feel terribly for you and suggest flipping through your cable/satellite guide or YouTube until you find it.

Camera teams followed real police officers in different cities as they did their jobs. I’m sure that interesting calls got the air time, but the series wasn’t scripted and the officers that appeared on the show didn’t release sex tapes and go to rehab with Dr. Drew. There are all kinds of different cops shown in the series and they are tracking all sorts of different criminals. My favorite episode has a lady screaming about biting an officer because she’s a vampire and “HUUUUNNNNGRRYYYYY”.

So this show, that stopped producing new episodes in 2013 before being picked up by Spike Network for new seasons in 2015, has been chosen to be a movie. According to Deadline, it will be “an edgy narrative feature with a buddy comedy bent on the order of a Lethal Weapon.”

Neat. Brian Richards and I have some tag lines they can use:

“Hey, people. If you’ve never seen or heard of Colors, End Of Watch, Training Day, Southland, or even Let’s Be Cops, have we got the movie for you.”

“You ‘member that show you watched that was all real cops doing stuff? We are making a movie about it with FAKE COPS. Which isn’t really like that show at all. BUT THE SCREEN WILL BE BIG AND MAYBE WE WILL SHOW A BUTT.”“

I look forward to the theme song remix by Pharrell Williams and Avril Lavigne.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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