21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill Arriving in 2011
02.17.10 by Ryan
It's been almost two years since the announcement that Jonah Hill would be writing and starring in a big-screen adaptation of the 1980's high school narc TV drama 21 Jump Street. Sony Pictures is putting the movie on the fast track, using its Twitter account to announce that the movie will arrive next year.
21 Jump Street the movie will be released in August, 2011! Do we have any fans of the TV show following us?
Hill seems an unlikely candidate to replace Johnny Depp as the lead actor in Jump Street, leading many to wonder what Hill's adaptation will be like. He spoke to ComingSoon in January to let fans know what to expect.
[Audiences are] not expecting what it's going to be. It's not a parody of the show. I'm not playing Johnny Depp's character.... I'm not saying I'm Johnny Depp. I'm not playing his character. It's a group of people that go back to high school to deal with a drug problem. To deal with crime in high school. I really love the Back to the Future moment of that where it's getting to relive a certain period of your life.... It's a comedy with really cool action. We're not doing something serious like Miami Vice. But it's not a parody. It's a funny movie with a lot of great action and a real story. I've been saying that it's like a John Hughes movie with Bad Boys–style action.
Hill is also pleased with the directors hired for 21 Jump Street, who are currently working to tailor the script to their vision and have brought new ideas to the adaptation.
We hired directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller who directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and are friends of mine. They are incredible. Their take on the movie is incredible.... It's about cops who go back to high school. Young rookie cops who go back to high school. I think that's a real interesting idea as opposed to saying, that's not what happened in the show so it can't happen in the movie.
Other cast members have yet to be announced, though Hill says that there might be some of the characters from the TV show. "There might be a couple of surprises in there," said Hill. "[T]he Chapel's there. There will be stuff from the show."