Phil Lord & Chris Miller to Direct '21 Jump Street 2' for Summer 2014
Just after learning at CinemaCon last week that Sony was planning to release a sequel to the action comedy 21 Jump Street, there's even more good news. Producer Neal Moritz recently sat down with Collider and said that the college-bound follow-up to the 2012 sensation starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will bring back directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller. There was some concern that they wouldn't have time since they're working on The LEGO Movie for a February 2014 release, but it sounds like there will be enough time in their schedule to start shooting in late September or early October. More below!
Moritz said Sony has an eye for a release in the summer 0f 2014, and Tatum and Hill will have Ice Cube back as their aggressive captain again. And while the producer also confirmed the sequel would take our undercover officers to college, he would not say which university they would be heading, because apparently there's some "fun to be had in what college they’re going to and what’s going to happen. It really just starts there.” A first draft of the script by Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill has been done and a second draft is being worked on right now. Are there any other details of how the sequel might play out?
Moritz is vague, but the producer says they're dedicated to keeping the heart of the first film intact:
“The relationship developed quite a bit in the first movie and now we’re kind of in the marriage phase between the two guys. Now they’re actual partners, so they’re married – what happens once marriage starts? In certain ways, it’s kind of like the Seven Year Itch of police buddy comedies. What worked so well about the first one was – it was funny, yes, there was good action, yes – but really what worked more than anything was that there was great heart. That’s the thing we’ve been working really hard on, just try and make sure that the heart of the first one is there for the second one.”
In addition, it sounds like plenty of the original cast will be returning but there's also room for some new faces. And while Moritz isn't specific about who might join the cast, he does say, "It’s been nice, people like the movie so much that there’s been a number of people who have come forward and said, ‘I’d like to be in that movie’ or ‘I’d like to do a cameo in that movie’ or something like that.” Personally, I'd like to see someone like Philip Seymour Hoffman get back into comedy, maybe as the film's villain, but that's just my personal hope at this point. Stay tuned for further updates.