Key & Peele Talk 'Police Academy,' Planning Substitute Teacher Movie
Sketch comedy masters Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are already huge hits on Comedy Central with their appropriately titled series "Key & Peele," which just debuted it's fourth season premiere this week. But the duo are preparing to make some big waves on the big screen since they're working with Judd Apatow on a feature film comedy at Universal Pictures and they're rebooting the comedy franchise Police Academy. Hyping up the premiere of their show with EW, the duo opened up ever-so-slightly about Police Academy, and they announced one of their own characters might get their own movie too. Read on!
On the matter of Police Academy, Peele explains their involvement:
“We were brought on to take the creative lead with it. We got two of our friends, Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen —brilliant, funny men. They’re going to be penning the script.”
Both of those guys are part of "The Mindy Project," and Barinholtz also had a scene-stealing role in this past summer's hit comedy Neighbors with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. As for whether or not Key and Peele will appear in the movie in addition to their roles as producers, Peele says, "When we start working with the script and seeing it, we’ll make the decision. Is Key and Peele a distraction from Police Academy? We’ll figure it out. Either way, we’ll make the best call for the movie.” At least they're self-aware enough to not want to shake the foundation by just popping up for fun.
But there's another project that absolutely needs at least one half of the comedy duo to get in front of the camera. Key revealed that they're working with Paramount Pictures to bring substitute teacher Mr. Garvey to the big screen. And if you don't know about this character, it's time to educate yourself:
Granted that's a hilarious sketch, and even worked on a second go-round in a different seasons. But we're not sure how this character can be stretched into a feature length film. As of now, it's early in development as Key says, "Two of our writers are penning it. Well, they’re not penning it as we speak — it’s getting there.” So it sounds like they're still trying to crack the story and maybe haven't even begun writing the actual script yet. Speaking of which, that Judd Apatow movie they're doing is still happening, but Key says, "There was an idea with Judd, [but] we’re not doing that idea anymore. Now we’re going to start from ground zero and start all over again.” Stay tuned for updates on all of Key & Peele's film projects.