Movies based on defunct TV show are all the rage again; The A-Team, The Green Hornet, The Last Airbender and Yogi Bear all spring to mind. Unfortunately, more often than not they aren’t very good! One movie that has long been suggested but hasn’t seen the light of day yet is 21 Jump Street.
For those who too young to remember 21 Jump Street was an American crime drama that aired on Fox in America and Sky in the UK in the late 80’s early 90s. The premise was simple, a small team of youthful-looking cops work undercover in schools and colleges to fight youth related crimes. Looking back it is very 80’s, the plots are thin and predictable and the “messages” and “issues” discussed were less than subtle, but not without a sense of fun. The most notable thing about the show was its star Johnny Depp, having already appeared in a few movies including A Nightmare on Elm Street and Platoon he was far from a newcomer but not yet A list.
Information about the movie on the internet is a little sketchy but it looks like it will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo responsible for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. The driving force behind the project is Jonah Hill, who is credited (on IMDB) as executive producer and one of the writers. Channing Tatum is down to co star and also gets a executive producer credit. Juno Temple is rumoured to be involved and Johnny Depp may have a cameo role.
One of the reasons the show worked was the casting, at 24 Johnny Depp could get away with playing a 21 year old who looked young enough to go undercover in high schools; the same goes for the rest of the cast. That’s the problem with the proposed movie, Jonah Hill (27) may just about get away with it but Channing Tatum (30) is far too old. With a plethora of actors around the correct age; Michael Cera, Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron (all under 25) all spring to mind, why look to older actors?
Will the movie be any good? Only time will tell.