21 Jump Street
There rumors before the film even came out that a '21 Jump Street' sequel was in the works. This is somewhat obviously confirmed by the film's ending that teases where Jenko and Schmidt would go in another installment. Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall (who wrote the original) were working on the script but no one expected things to move this quickly as Sony says filming is expected to begin this fall.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are a hot commodity at the moment. The co-directors are coming off the hit comedy ’21 Jump Street,’ which earned an impressive $188.8M at the global box office. They also built a cult audience with the animated ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs’ for Sony. For their next act, they’re circling a project that’s been in development for a decade with tons of buzz but a number of built-in challenges.
Audiences have proven in the past that they'll flock to film remakes of beloved (and on occasion, not so beloved) television shows. The huge opening weekend of '21 Jump Street' proves something that's just plain satisfying to know: they'll also flock to film remakes of beloved television shows that happen to actually be, well, good. Actually, it's the only film in the top ten this week with a certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (86%, if you were wondering).
It was in 1993, watching Jim Varney, Rob Schneider and Dabney Coleman in 'The Beverly Hillbillies', when movie studios got the message that the black gold of adapting old television shows had dried out. No one ever asked for a '21 Jump Street' movie, not even, so it would seem, the movie itself. But with the stakes this low, '21 Jump Street' has the freedom to be self-aware but also – shockingly – deliver a buddy action flick that's so much fun you'll actually wind up caring.
Let's get this out of the way first. '21 Jump Street' is hilarious. No wait, that needs to be in all caps for emphasis: '21 Jump Street' is HILARIOUS. This is a movie that has no right to be as funny as it is and it knows exactly what you think a '21 Jump Street' movie is going to be like. And what makes 'Jump Street' so good, is that it uses both of those things to its advantage.