‘21 Jump Street’ Spinoff Gets ‘22 Jump Street’s Rodney Rothman to Write and Maybe Direct
All-female reboots are having what is called “a moment.” We had Ghostbusters this year, which is getting “many” sequels, we’re getting Ocean’s Eight which we’re pretty sure is just a 2-hour movie of Cate Blanchett and Rihanna wearing really cool clothes, and last year the team behind both Jump Streets announced that they’re making an all-female spinoff. Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs were hired to write a screenplay, and then Sony took on Bob’s Burgers team Lizzie and Wendy Molyneaux to write a competing script. Now, Rodney Rothman, one of the writers behind 22 Jump Street, is onboard the screenplay party boat, and might direct the picture as well.
According to Deadline, Rothman has turned in the latest draft of the script and Sony has its eye on him for the directing job. His credits include Grudge Match and Get Him to the Greek, as well as a co-writing spot on 22 Jump Street, which may have been even more hilarious than the first one.
But let’s hope this doesn’t mean that the Bob’s Burgers and Broad City crews have been left out in the cold. Both of those teams are comedic geniuses whose shows quickly rocketed to the tops of everyone’s watchlists, so to take them on and then boot them out of the project would be, at best, unfair, and, at worst, detrimental to the film itself. And both of the teams hired by Sony before Rothman had either one or more women, which, historically, have been better at writing female characters than men have. Boy, but could you imagine a writer’s room full of all five of those people? On second thought, they might not be able to get anything done on account of making each other laugh every two minutes.