Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Confirmed For ’21 Jump Street’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Forget Danny Glover/Mel Gibson or Martin Lawrence/Will Smith. There’s a new Hollywood buddy cop duo on the horizon and it’s… Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the big screen version of 21 Jump Street.

Columbia Pictures has officially confirmed that both Tatum and Hill will be getting up to crime-stopping shenanigans in the TV show-turned-movie, which sadly will not involve Emma Stone (fans take comfort – she’s busy prepping for the Spider-Man reboot at the time being).

Pre-Tim Burton Johnny Depp starred in the original television series 21 Jump Street, which revolved around young-looking officers of the law that infiltrated high schools and colleges as part of their crime-busting duties. A 23 year-old Hill successfully passed as the barely-legal Seth in Superbad and put his “youthful” voice to good use as an underage viking in this year’s How To Train Your Dragon – the age-defying trick is one that Hill’s arguably quite talented at.

Tatum has been a top contender to join 21 Jump Street for over three weeks now and is also known for playing characters beneath his actual age, in flicks like Step Up or Dear John. We’ll harbor a guess and say that Tatum will play the straight man of the duo, with Hill being the smart aleck of the pair (and based off their previous performances, we recommend the two not switch those roles around).

21 jump street 3 Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Confirmed For 21 Jump Street

The cast of the original '21 Jump Street'.

21 Jump Street star and co-writer Jonah Hill says he envisions the adaptation as an “R-rated, insane, ‘Bad Boys’-meets-John-Hughes-type movie.” It’s been over two decades since franchises like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours emerged on the Hollywood scene and gave us just that. With the exception of Michael Bay’s Bad Boys, there haven’t really been any other successful rules-be-damned onscreen cop duos since then (apologies to Cop Out fans, but… no). Could Tatum and Hill buck that trend?

Phil Lord and Chris Miller – who were previously in contention to helm the big screen version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – will occupy the directors’ chairs on 21 Jump Street. The two were also responsible for the surprisingly popular and generally well-regarded 3D toon Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, so maybe they’ll raise eyebrows again and deliver an entertaining ’80s show-turned movie.

What do you think? Does 21 Jump Street have potential with Tatum and Hill onboard?

Source: Columbia Pictures

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  1. Trainwreck happening stay clear

  2. sorry but Channing Tatum means an automatic no-go for me.

  3. my god, will this reboot craze ever end…… i swear if someone idiot in hollywood decides to make back to the future reboot then that will be the last straw for me.

    • Shhhhh! Don’t give them any ideas! :-D

  4. Agreed Channning Tatum = movie bust

  5. Not that I had interest, but with both of these on here, no way Im getting near it.

  6. Channing Tatum will never be Johnny Depp…

  7. I am usually the one that goes for remakes but I do not know about this for 3 reasons.

    1. Its 21 Jumpstreet (lame)
    2. It has Channing Tatum (box office bust)
    3. It has Jonah Hill (not funny and actually kind of irritating)

    I will not waste good money seeing this and I think the masses would agree. Come on Hollywood, have you run out of ideas?

  8. I would have possibly been interested, but once I heard Jonah Hill was producing it, and going to star in it. That was more than enough reason to not see it.
    THEN, of all people, they choose Channing Tatum. Might as well lock it and throw away the key. I’m a big 21 Jump Street fan, but no way on Earth am I going to see it. They could even send me a free ticket. I still wouldn’t go.

  9. I Would see this movie IF Johnny Depp was in it, either a cameo or some larger role. No Depp=Not seeing the movie.

  10. Whoa there fella, Cop Out was Hilarious lol. Also, interesting developments, never would have thought of that.

  11. Channing Tatum is possible the worst living actor. He should do everyone a favor and crawl back to the backwoods swamp from whence he came.

  12. Wow, I guess they really don’t want anyone to see this movie. I know I won’t be in the theater or putting this in my Netflix queue.

  13. Jonah Hill is the no go. This guy is irritating, not an actor, and not funny. Get Him to the Greek was painful.

  14. I’m going to make a startling prediction: This movie will be worth seeing.

    And whoever said Channing Tatum = Box office Bust (Alpine)…I don’t like the guy as an actor but you may want to check your math on that. His movies have been pretty financially successful from what I gather.

    I think the site of Hill and Tatum rolling up to High School / College parties trying to bust kids, and Hill ending up getting wasted to “maintain cover” would be a hilarious twist on the buddy-cop genre.

    There’s potential here – will they realize it? That remains to be seen…

    • But would you rather see “The Other Guys” 21 Jumpstreet or “The Departed” 21 Jumpstreet. Buddy cop movies worked because they were action packed, humorous, and entertaining. It’s normal actors being funny, not funny guys / comedians being actors. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover created funny situations and had good character, not because they were funny guys. Even Lethal Weapon 4, when Chris Rock got introduced, the funniest parts were not Chris Rocks comedy. Hollywood Homicide was humorous and enjoyable. The part where he’s doing Yoga during the interrogation still cracks me up. I think putting Jonah Hill into this makes it a comedy, not a humorous action movie.

      • But would you rather see “The Other Guys” 21 Jumpstreet or “The Departed” 21 Jumpstreet

        I’d rather watch an Uwe Bol film than watch this.

        • AHA!

  15. They may as well cast 50 Cents and kill this outright.

  16. Bummer. I was excited when I first heard about 21 Jump Street, but now I’m not because I don’t really care for either of those guys.

  17. meh

  18. Everybody’s hating, but most of you will probably go see the movie anyways.

    And maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised
    I think its gonna be awesome.

  19. This accouncement SUCKS………. Only Johnny Depp should play his old Role….. pLus he already said on tv interviews that he “WILL” do the JumpStreet Movie if asked……….. so just ASK him for God’s sake!!!!!!!

  20. ONLY JOhnny Depp for JumpStreet MOvie………………..

  21. After reading all of the comments so far, I think there are some die-hard fans of the original TV series that can’t see anyone but the original cast doing the movie version. I didn’t think anyone could ever be captain of the USS Enterprise other thank Shatner, as Kirk – but, I gave in to the Next Generation and found out there was really great talent in Patrick Stewart, as Picard, to take the series on. I like Channing in both Step Up and The Eagle and am looking forward to the next G.I. Joe with him in the cast. I can’t picture Tatum paired with Hill, but I’ve learned to give people a chance to prove themselves. New readers: please don’t make assumptions on other’s screen rants. Give these guys a chance.

  22. Everyone on this thread got the movie wrong, this is why people shouldn’t judge movies before trailers/opening day.