Jonah Hill Says 21 Jump Street Movie Could Shoot This Year
Are you ready to go back to high school? ComingSoon just talked with Jonah Hill about his upcoming big screen version of the 80's TV show 21 Jump Street. Back in December it was announced that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be making the jump to live-action and directing this. "We're going to shoot it this year I think," Hill told them. "We hired directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller who directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and are friends of mine. They are incredible. Their take on the movie is incredible… It's about [young rookie] cops who go back to high school." Read on!
The screenplay for this was written by Michael Bacall and Joe Gazzam and will keep the same basic premise as the series but will have a tone Hill thinks will surprise fans. "[Audiences are] not expecting what it's going to be. It's not a parody of the show. I'm not playing Johnny Depp's character… It's a group of people that go back to high school to deal with a drug problem. To deal with crime in high school." That doesn't sound too surprising, does it? "It's a funny movie with a lot of great action and a real story. I've been saying that it's like a John Hughes movie with Bad Boys style action." Now that just sounds like it could be awesome!
Thankfully, so does Jonah Hill. He promises: "I wouldn't make it if it wouldn't be awesome." I certainly hope that's the case. I'd like to see this start shooting this year, but it's far too early to tell. We've still got 11 months to go, but I'm sure Phil Lord and Chris Miller are already working on this. They don't have a cast yet, but it sounds like Hill will at least be in the movie, along with some "surprises." He adds: "There might be a couple of surprises in there… the Chapel's there. There will be stuff from the show." I've got high hopes for this because of all the talent involved. Here's to hoping they put together a funny and talented cast, too!