21 Jump Street by Meatballs team?
Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and directed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and are now reportedly in talks to direct the film version of that television series that launched Johnny Depp in a very different original direction, 21 Jump Street.
The series was about a group of young looking police men and women who looked young enough to enter schools and colleges undercover as students. Each week they would enter undercover and try and solve another mystery of some description.
The 21 Jump Street television series ran for three years from 1987 and starred Steven Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Peter DeLuise, Dustin Nguyen and Johnny Depp with Stephen J. Cannell as one of the main writers on the show, no wonder it was successful. Interestingly Mario Van Peebles and Peter DeLuise, son of Dom DeLuise, directed three episodes each.
I remember watching the show and really enjoying it, even if I can't remember much of it now, I do remember religiously watching it at the time. Still, I'm finding it hard to work out what it will really offer other than another crime drama but with younger people involved.
Variety have the news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in talks to direct the film version of 21 Jump Street, moving on from animation to live action. Mike Bacall wrote the script and Jonah Hill will also star.
I can't say this has me excited either way, I mean the television series was good but is there a place for it these days? Not as we knew it anyway.