Like most of you who were fans of Tom Hanson and his crew from the former Fox series 21 Jump Street, the idea of Jonah Hill making a movie out of the show scared me. There’s that fear that the property that made Johnny Depp a household name will be turned into another Judd Apatow comedy, and we just can’t have that. Recently ComingSoon, caught up with Hill and he wanted to set fans at ease with what’s really going on with his 21 Jump Street remake.
First off, Hill stated that shooting on 21 Jump Street might begin this year, which means the film could hit theaters sometime in 2011. According to to him the movie will stick to the basic premise of young rookie cops who go back to high school. The film will be directed by the same guys who helmed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Hill thinks their vision for the movie is amazing.
The one thing that gets me about this entire thing is his description of the plot. He says the characters go back to high school, but he doesn’t clarify if they’re going undercover. That was the idea behind the show, so there’s a bit of gray in that area. Here’s the rest of what he had to say…
“[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.
Yeah Jonah, I think we all get that you won’t be playing Johnny Depp’s character or any form of him in this movie. But on another note, no one else has been cast to take on a role in the film. When other actors come on board, that’s when the film will really take shape, and we’ll get a better idea of what exactly it is that they’re going for.
What do you think of Jonah Hill’s take on the 21 Jump Street movie?