Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
20th Century Fox has confirmed that a sequel to 2012’s hit film, 21 Jump Street will be released in 2014.
While it hasn’t yet been confirmed by Fox, it is expected that Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will be back to reprise their roles as the underachieving cops, Schmidt and Jenko. Like the original film, Jonah Hill will be writing the script for the sequel together with Michael Bacall.
Reports suggest that filming will begin in the autumn. This corresponds with the timeline Hill anticipated when talking to Collider in 2012. The original film was a surprise hit with many film-goers “caught off guard by just how great 21 Jump Street was”. Containing a great mix of off-beat comedy, a smart script and unbelievable chemistry between Hill and Tatum, audiences were begging for more. Hill has previously stated that the success of the film is in part because of their off-screen friendship, “Movies like this live or die on whether you believe these two people care about one another. All of the great cop movies feel like the partners want the best for the other one… Our friendship in the film is really tested and put back together. I think that exists because we get along really well in real life, and we’re good actors. I like to let it speak for itself.”
It is expected that Dave Franco will also return as high school drug dealer Eric Molson. It is yet to be confirmed whether directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will also be returning for the sequel.
21 Jump Street, a late 80s TV series starring Johnny Depp, focused on young-looking police officers going undercover as high school students investigating crimes in high schools, colleges and other teenage hangouts. The 2012 film centred on Hill and Tatum attempting to bring down a high school drugs ring. It received five nominations at the MTV Movie Awards and grossed over $200 million worldwide.