21 Jump Street the comedy...maybe
I think soon the audience will reach the tipping point on remakes, at least I hope they will, and before that happens I really do hope we never see a 21 Jump Street film. However Jonah Hill thiks otherwise and his description of the film version sounds a little like 21 Bad Boys than 21 Jump Street.
Jonah Hill has been talking about his, and the studio's, vision for the film version of 21 Jump Street, and while the original is far from classic television that really doesn't need protected for all eternity, I'm wondering if we really need to see a remade version.
What especially has me wondering is just how close to the original this proposed film version is going to be.
Jonah Hill said that the Sony executives told him:
"...they were gonna let me make my kind of movie—an R-rated, insane, Bad-Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie—and I told them the second they don’t, I’m not gonna be involved anymore."
21 Jump Street told the story of a group of young police officers who investigated youth related crimes, each of the team members looked young enough to be able to pull off being in high school or college, and they went undercover in places that normal cops just couldn't reach.
It always made me wonder why they just didn't place a young looking cop undercover for each operation rather than have a specific team. Was it just to soak up the culture?
The original show starred Johnny Depp, Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen and Holly Robinson Peete with Steven Williams playing the team's captain. I remember watching it a lot, it was great fun, and I had a crush on Peete...well, who wouldn't?
Now Jonah Hill is rewriting the idea for a feature film version, and Complex talked to him through The Playlist where he talked about his ideas for the film and how the television series itself was very comic:
"...if you look at the opening episode of 21 Jump Street, you see a man looking at a picture of a cop holding a little boy’s hand, and you hear a crazy saxophone solo, and you pan up and it’s Johnny Depp looking at the picture playing the crazy saxophone solo. [Laughs.] We’re not even spoofing the movie. It’s not strictly comedic, either. We’re doing a full-on action movie, blowing [expletive removed - Richard] up."
Okay, now that is surprising, he's not going for an all out comedy. I was pegging this to fit right into the same mould as the rest of the films he and his fellow comedians have been writing, starring and directing, but if he does do something different I'll be pleasantly surprised. It might even work out in the end.