‘Naked Gun’ Reboot With Liam Neeson Lands 2025 Release From Paramount

The Naked Gun reboot is about to make 2025 a good year.

Paramount Pictures announced release dates Wednesday for a number of upcoming films. This includes director Akiva Schaffer’s new untitled installment in the Naked Gun comedy franchise hitting theaters July 28, 2025. The movie, first announced back in 2022, stars Liam Neeson and includes Seth MacFarlane as a producer.

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The studio also announced that Paw Patrol 3 will launch July 31, 2026, as a follow-up to the studio’s September sequel PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie that topped $200 million globally. The new film hails from Spin Master Entertainment in association with Nickelodeon Movies. Another animation feature — director Jeff Rowe’s TMNT 2 — is set for Oct. 9, 2026, as a follow-up to the filmmaker’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, which came out last August and collected $180 million worldwide.

Among other titles landing on the studio’s calendar is Novocaine starring Jack Quaid and Amber Midthunder, set to release March 14, 2025. The action title from directors Robert Olsen and Dan Berk features Quaid as a bank executive whose inability to feel pain becomes an asset after his institution is robbed.

Additionally, the Dakota Fanning-led Vicious hits theaters Aug. 8, 2025. Bryan Bertino directed the film from his own script about a woman who fends for her life during a harrowing night after receiving a mysterious gift.

Original musical Better Man from director Michael Gracey (The Greatest Showman) opens in limited release on Christmas Day of 2024 and goes wide Jan. 17, 2025. The biographical movie stars British singer Robbie Williams as himself.

Dan Gregor and Doug Mand wrote the new Naked Gun film’s script with Schaffer following the two scribes having penned the director’s Emmy-winning Disney+ feature Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022). MacFarlane and Erica Huggins of Fuzzy Door produce the movie that is based on the Naked Gun film franchise and the television series Police Squad! from Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter late last year to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original 1988 Naked Gun movie, director David Zucker and co-writer Pat Proft said that they had previously written a script for a fourth film. Leslie Nielsen starred as accident-prone lieutenant Frank Drebin in the series’ first three films, with 1994’s Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult as the latest one.

“It may come out and may be great — and good for that — but I sure as fuck should be writing it,” Proft said about the reboot, adding that he and Zucker have been “totally blocked out of it.”

During a conversation with MacFarlane that published earlier this year for his Peacock series Ted, he told THR that the Naked Gun reboot had recently picked up momentum. “Akiva Schaffer and his team have written a script,” MacFarlane said at the time. “In fact, I had a meeting about it [in December]. As far as the exact timing of it as when it might be released, I can’t get specific at this point, but it is very much alive and moving forward.”

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