Sony’s new chief Tom Rothman is supposedly obsessed with trying to combine 21 Jump Street and Men in Black, but while that hasn’t happened yet, word has hit (via The Tracking Board) that Sony is working on a “female-led spinoff” of Lord and Miller’s 21 Jump Street movies. Haha, remember when 21 Jump Street was a terrible TV show from 20 years ago?
The ink is still fresh, but I can confirm that Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs will write the screenplay based on the tone of the reboot series starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
Hill and Tatum are set to reprise their roles for the upcoming 23 Jump Street. Sony is also currently developing on a female led Ghostbusters spinoff starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, with Paul Fieg set to direct.
Aniello and Downs serve as co-producers and writers on the Comedy Central series Broad City, which stars comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Downs also plays a supporting character on the series, Trey the fitness instructor. [TheTrackingBoard]
Leslie Jones famously chided people for calling the lady Ghostbusters “Lady Ghostbusters,” but here, as with the female-led Ghostbusters, we know literally nothing about the project other than that it’s a 21 Jump Street spinoff with female leads. What else could we conceivably call it other than “Lady 21 Jump Street?” 21 BROAD STREET, maybe? Okay, that works better.
When people demanded more roles for women, I doubt repackaging corporate gruel and painting it pink is really what they had in mind. But, you know, baby steps, I guess. That Iron Man spinoff with Meryl Streep was really ahead of the game.