Sony Pictures has spent quite a long time developing a big screen incarnation of the 80s TV show “21 Jump Street” which along with “The Simpsons” helped put the fledgling Fox Network on the map. The studio has spoken to directors such as Catherine Hardwicke and Ruben Fleischer about the new film, but haven’t been happy enough to greenlight the reboot which is expected to star Jonah Hill. Now, it appears the chances for “Jump Street” to make a comeback are better than ever.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are in the driver’s seat to make their live action feature directing debut. The duo are nominated for a Golden Globe for their work on the box office hit “Cloudy” and have been meeting with studios around town looking for a shot to jump out of animation. Lord and Miller created the 2002 animated show “Clone High” for MTV and worked on “How I Met Your Mother.”
Like the 1987-1991 TV series, “Jump Street” will star Hill and a yet-to-be determined co-star as young-looking cops who work undercover in high schools. Hill is also an executive producer and working on the screenplay with MIchael Bacall.
The series was Johnny Depp’s big break, but also featured guest appearances by future stars such as Josh Brolin, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, Thomas Haden Church, Rosie Perez and Christina Applegate.
No word on when “21 Jump Street” might actually begin production.