It's confirmed: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will be going back to college as undercover cops for the third installment of the 21 Jump Street movie franchise.
This third film, 23 Jump Street, will be written by Rodney Rothman, who also wrote the screenplay for 22 Jump Street. Sony Pictures and Original Film have not announced who will be directing the film as of yet, but it is likely the duo behind the other Jump Street films, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will be asked to helm as before. Lord and Miller also directed The Lego Movie, among others.
In 22 Jump Street, Hill, who played Morton Schmidt and Tatum as Greg Jenko, were cops disguised as college students. They are on a mission to find and expose the fraternity ring that supplies a dangerous new drug, called WHYPHY, which has taken the life of a female student. The movie, released earlier this year, was very well received, returning six times its budget and earning a gross of $319M worldwide.
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The plot elements of the new film have not been announced as of yet, although it could be any one of the several sequel ideas that were shown in the end credits for 22 Jump Street. Viewers of the last film were treated to a host of spoof ideas for the threequel and beyond – going as far as 42 Jump Street – as a comic preview to what might be expected from the franchise.
The films are based on the 80s TV series starring Johnny Depp as a fresh faced cop who goes undercover in high school to solve crimes.
Tatum was also reported to be working on Jupiter Ascending and will soon start filming for a sequel to the 2012 movie Magic Mike, the comedy-drama about a 19-year-old male stripper.
Hill, noted for an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in The Wolf of Wall Street, has recently finished shooting True Story, a crime drama movie which also stars James Franco.