Jonah Hill Writing 21 Jump Street Adaptation
by Alex Billington
May 14, 2008
Just when you thought Hollywood was already settling after yesterday's rumor regarding Paul Thomas Anderson directing Metal Gear Solid, another insane bit of news hits. EW.com claims they have confirmation last time (after this rumor fell through) that Superbad's Jonah Hill is in negotiations to write and executive produce an adaptation of the popular 80's TV show 21 Jump Street. What?! I like Jonah Hill, but since when did he become a screenwriter? Sony has confirmed that he'll write and produce, but they're not sure whether he'll star yet. I think that decision is up to him, but honestly this sounds like something quite unique in th works. Why? Why let me tell you...
The series, which ran from 1987 to 1991 on Fox for a total of 103 episodes, centered on a group of young cops whose youthful appearance allowed them to work undercover in high schools and colleges and search out troubled kids. Johnny Depp starred in the TV series as Officer Tom Hanson, who was assigned to "an elite squad of young undercover cops." I've actually never heard of this before, remarkably, but just hearing that I feel like its got the makings of a brilliant idea. Neal H. Moritz, of Click, Evan Almighty, I Am Legend, Made of Honor, and series co-creator Stephen J. Cannell will produce.
Why could this be cool? The show's idea isn't too old or overused at all, and with Jonah Hill writing, we've got someone fresh and new working on it. Normally I'd be calling him out given he's never written before, but that just means he might have immense potential that's just never seen the light of day. Look at what happened when Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg collaborated on an idea they came up with when they were kids - we got Superbad! My guess is Jonah Hill is a huge fan of the series and wants to update it and give it a great new spin, which is the fresh take that this would really need to actually succeed. I'm all for it and I'm already looking forward to seeing how it will come together. Drama or comedy? Just tell me Judd Apatow is also involved and this is gold!