Jonah Hill Promises 'Insane' R-Rated 21 Jump Street Movie

May 27, 2009
Source: Complex

21 Jump Street

Sometime last year it was announced that Jonah Hill was in negotiations to write and executive produce an adaptation of the popular 80's TV show 21 Jump Street. The show starred Johnny Depp and Holly Robinson Peete, amongst others, and was a crime drama about an elite squad of young undercover cops. It seemed odd that Jonah Hill would be tackling this and even odder that it might become a comedy. In a recent interview with Hill over at Complex, though, he promises something a bit different. "We're not even spoofing the movie. It's not strictly comedic, either. We're doing a full-on action movie, blowing shit up."

So it's going to be somewhat of a comedy and somewhat of an action movie, or so it seems. Leave it up to Hill himself to give us a better description of what to expect. "[Sony execs said] they were gonna let me make my kind of movie—an R-rated, insane, Bad-Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie—and I told them the second they don't, I'm not gonna be involved anymore." And as far as we know, he's still involved. You know what, I'm not too opposed to that pitch, as I'm not a die-hard fan of the original show who is worried that it'll be screwed up with Jonah Hill on-board. At least he's not starring in it, as far as we know?

I'm not exactly a big fan of Jonah Hill, but I think this is one of the better projects he has in the works. I'm not sure if he's any good at writing, but we'll soon find out. Hell, all this talk about 21 Jump Street makes me want to pick up the box set and revisit Johnny Depp's golden years as Officer Tom Hanson. I really hope Sony lets Hill keep it R-rated and insane like he's pitching, as I'd love to see 21 Jump Street in that way.

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It would be great if Johnny depp starred in it

pogi on May 27, 2009


so pinapple express?

NIce on May 27, 2009


I doubt Depp will be involved as he's way too old for the role now...besides, this is a reboot so that means new stars...

peloquin on May 27, 2009


haha, I remember I used to watch this show when I was very little. I had no idea what it was called though, just remembered Peter DeLuise from it.

Alfredo on May 27, 2009


I idolized Johnny Depp as Hanson when I was a kid. I may be biased, but at least half of the episodes are still worth watching today, some 15 to 20 years later. While he isn't the funniest person in the business, I'm hopeful that Jonah Hill can pull off what he is selling. Hopefully he stands by his statement and as a result the film gets a hard R. It seems like a long shot.

Mark on May 27, 2009


As much as I hate Jonah Hill and wish he'd go away, this will probably work, too. But I think you lose credibility when you start making movies out of TV shows, even if you're gonna be santimonious with them. Dukes of Hazzard, for example.

Greedo the Rodian on May 28, 2009


You know what, I like the sound of this. I say let Hill continue to play in his sandbox. I have no attachement to the series but if his movie is going to have insane action and comedy and will probably draw some big names to the cast, I can get behind least long enough to see a kick-ass trailer.

Widescreen Wonderland on May 28, 2009


Jonah Hill is a fat fuck and this will have nothing to do with the original other than the name. Unless you enjoy movies with lots of swearing that would give a 12-year-old a wet dream.

avoidz on May 29, 2009


Isn't Johnny Depp a little too old? I like Pandoro!! Yum!

Google The Oct8pus on May 29, 2009


johnny depp isnt too old! He said that he would be happy to come back for a reunion. But either way id see it.

sydney on Aug 5, 2009


Only thing is Depp would never see the finished movie, as he claims to not watch his own movies.

snickers on Aug 5, 2009


I don't really understand why this movie has to be rated R. It can still be a really good movie and be at least pg-13. People these days are screwed up.

Turtle on Dec 29, 2010

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