You know Hollywood is short on ideas when they have to resort to rebooting a reboot of an old television series. Director tandem Phil Lord & Chris Miller took what should have been a horrible idea and turned into one of the funniest comedies of the last 20 years with Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum as the two leads.
However, Sony is now looking to do a soft reboot/spin-off with the director tandem or its former two leads. Instead they want to move forward with two females in the lead and have the film center around a female point of view.
According to new reports, Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) are the top choices for the new 21 Jump Street. In this reboot scenario, it seems pretty obvious that Haddish would play the role of Channing Tatum’s Jenko (popular, partying, jock type), while Awkwafina would be prime for the Jonah Hill Schmidt role (awkward, nerdy brains type). Of course, this Jump Street reboot could potentially subvert all expectation, and drastically change these respective ways that we don’t expect. It would be a refreshing take on things – and would fit perfectly within the tradition of Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s Jump Street adaptation…on paper. Or audiences could just see this as a retread and ignore it.
“We think that there’s something fun about keeping that irreverent spirit of Jump Street, but maybe having it be told through a female undercover cop point-of-view. We’ve had enough male buddy comedies. The script is really funny and has a freshness to it.”
Hey it could be worse. Sony could still be trying to make that Men In Black/21 Jump Street Crossover film happen…