After nearly three decades on the small screen, the hit reality series COPS is now looking to jump to the big screen. Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is attached to direct and produce a feature adaptation of the series, which is currently in the midst of its 29th season airing on Spike TV. John Langley, who co-created and holds the rights to the series, will serve as a producer.
Deadline reports that the original Cops concept will be turned into an “edgy narrative feature” with a buddy cop angle, which is said to be similar to Lethal Weapon. Cameron Fay (Dance Camp) has come aboard to write the script, although no specific plot details were given at this time. Ruben Fleicher will produce alongside John Langley and David Bernard.
The Boies/Schiller Film Group, which is comprised of David Boies and Zach Schiller, will provide financing for this project, but no production schedule was released at this time. The financiers most recently funded the Western Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman. Cameron Fay most recently wrote the YouTube Red Originals feature Dance Camp, and the upcoming Brother Nature starring Taran Killam, Gillian Jacobs and Bill Pullman, which hits theaters September 9.
Cops first aired in the year 1989 on Fox, the same year as The Simpsons, and while both shows are still going strong, Cops now airs on Spike TV. The show became a cultural sensation throughout the 1990s, largely in part to its catchy theme song “Bad Boys” by Inner Circle. The show moved from Fox to Spike TV in 2013, after 25 seasons on Fox, many of which would span upwards of 45 episodes a season, at the height of its popularity. Between its runs on Fox and Spike, the show has aired a whopping 969 episodes.
Ruben Fleischer most recently directed Gangster Squad on the big screen and he’s currently prepping Zombieland 2, which has been rumored to start filming in Atlanta later this month. He has also been keeping busy on the small screen, executive producing and directing several episodes of the hit NBC comedy Superstore. He directed the show’s special Olympics preview episode that aired this past Friday night on NBC. Stay tuned for more on this Cops movie as soon as more details come in.