Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum Reuniting for '23 Jump Street'?


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Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will join forces again. A third film in the 21 Jump Street saga has been given the greenlight by Sony Pictures.

Rodney Rothman has been hired to write the, tentatively titled, 23 Jump Street script. Rothman, former head writer on the Late Show with David Letterman from 1998 to 2000, was one of the screenwriters for 22 Jump Street.

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Neal Moritz, Hill, and Tatum are set to produce the latest Jump Street film. However, Lord and Miller, who directed 22 Jump Street, have not yet committed to directing the latest film. Hill and Tatum have also not yet confirmed that they will star in it.

21 Jump Street is based on the 1980s cop drama that starred Johnny Depp. The series lasted for five seasons, but Depp only appeared in four of them. In 21 Jump Street, a group of fresh faced cops go undercover at various high schools and colleges to stop youth crimes, such as the selling of narcotics and robberies. The 21 Jump Street movie completely reinvented the concept of the television series by turning it into a comedy, and creating characters totally unlike the ones on the show.

The Jump Street movies received favorable reviews from moviegoers and critics alike. 21 Jump Street made over $200 million at global box offices in 2012. This summer, 22 Jump Street made over $300 million, with only a $50 million budget.

The credits sequence of 22 Jump Street mocked the possibilities of more sequels. But factoring in the financial success of the first two films, and their positive reception, it seems like a smart decision to make a third movie.