Paramount Pictures' press release for its wacky "Naked Gun" motion picture series is as off-the-wall as any of the films' action scenes:

"(Paramount) regretfully announces its inability to stop the start of production for `The Naked Gun II 1/2: The Smell of Fear' . . . Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley have been coerced into repeating the starring roles."More than a sequel `The Naked Gun II 1/2: The Smell of Fear' will be directed by David Zucker. . . . The film, a sensitive portrayal of a man tormented by the search for his own true identity, is punctuated by the usual pratfalls."