The last live-action “Inspector Gadget” had Matthew Broderick starring as the title character.
7 Oct â€“ Producers Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who were part of the team behind the recent live-action “Aladdin” remake, are now working on a new project for Disney.
The duo will be producing a new live-action version of “Inspector Gadget” under their Rideback production banner (formerly Lin Pictures), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
No star or director has been named at the moment, but the script is in the works from “Saturday Night Live” writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell, who are incidentally working on a “Home Alone” reboot for Disney+.
“Inspector Gadget” started off as a 1980s animated TV series about a bionic police officer working for a secret police organisation who has a multitude of gadgets built into his body.
Disney first made a live-action movie adaptation of the series in 1999, starring Matthew Broderick as the titular inspector and Rupert Everett as his archnemesis Dr. Claw.
The movie didn’t fare well with critics but its box office success did prompt the studio to make a direct-to-video sequel in 2003, though the only returning cast was D.L. Hughley as the voice of the Gadgetmobile.
This third live-action “Inspector Gadget” attempt might not be much of a surprise since Disney has been pulling movies from its archives to be remade for the big screen, which so far has shown favourable results with new versions of movies like “The Lion King” and “Aladdin” making billions at the global box office despite mixed reviews.