by: S. Scott Stanikmas
When the 21 Jump Street film was announced, I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how popular it would become. When the first movie ended with Ice Cube telling Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill that they’d be graduating from high school and going undercover at college, I thought that it was either a big joke or we’d be getting a painfully forced sequel.
Was I wrong? 22 Jump Street was the sequel I never knew I wanted. It was just as funny as the first, maintaining a fine balance between tongue-in-cheek self mockery and real comedy and action. And the funniest part was the sequels that were promised at the end. From 23 Jump Street: Medical School all the way up to 2121 Jump Street (a space-set parody), these posters and their 10-15 seconds teasers had me laughing so hard I was crying. And now it looks like we may be getting a third Jump Street film and the sequels from the end credits may be referenced.
The website Topless Robot was at the WonderCon panel for FOX’s Last Man on Earth. Show creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of the Jump Street films, teased that they have plans for sequels even crazier than the ones developed for the end credits.
“We’ve found a way that we love that makes those imagined sequels canonical and yet do something that we haven’t told you about yet,” said Lord. “The sequels are canon.”
We know that Lord and Miller will be back to produce, but there’s no word on if they’ll direct. They may have their hands full with either a new Ghostbusters film for Sony or a Flash movie for Warner Bros. Odds are good that Tatum and Hill will be back (unless Hill gets replaced by Seth Rogen) as Jenko and Schmidt respectively.
We also know that Rodney Rothman, one of the writers for 22 Jump Street, will be back to write the third entry into the franchise. Phil Lord did have a tiny nugget of info regarding that which he shared:
[Rothman] had a really outrageous idea for what to do, and how we could take our scorched-earth sequel policy from the end of 22 Jump Street and do something that hadn’t been explored in those 22 sequels and simultaneously tell the next chapter in the story.
I’m not exactly sure what they could possibly do, but I’m extremely confident that whatever they decide to do will have everyone howling with laughter once again.
Unless they DO replace Jonah Hill with Seth Rogen. Then, I riot.