High school reunion movies tend to recycle the same ideas – involving how people evolve (or fail to change) after high school – and they usually fly high or fail, based on whatever twists are incorporated into the recipe. Those can include fainting-induced time travel (Peggy Sue Got Married), the protagonist being a world-weary hitman (Gross Pointe Blank) or having the cast members of a high school comedy reprise their roles years after the fact (American Reunion).
The 21 Jump Street movie is a high school reunion comedy of sorts, given how it deals with similar themes and ideas as those explored in the aforementioned films (people wanting to relive their glory days, how the high school experience changes/remains the same). Appropriately, that film’s writing/directing duo, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, are developing a proper addition to the sub-genre, simply titled The Reunion.
Specific plot details are being kept under lock and key right now, but Variety has confirmed that The Reunion will take place at a high school reunion, with Miller directing solo from his own script and co-producing with Lord under their Lord Miller banner.
Knowing these filmmakers – with their quirky and self-aware sense of humor (see: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street) – there’s a sporting chance that the eponymous Reunion will take place an unusual number of years after a specific high school class graduated, a la the 13-year reunion in American Reunion (or maybe something even more out there, like the 6-and-a-half year reunion in the “Pink Flamingos” episode from Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller’s short-lived TV series Wonderfalls).
Lord and Miller are currently putting the finishing touches on their animated feature The Lego Movie, which has gained more positive buzz thanks to the funny U.S. and international teaser trailers. Once they’re done, the pair will move ahead with the 21 Jump Street sequel for a June 2014 release date. We’re still waiting to hear what the official title will be for that movie (21 Jump Street 2? 22 Jump Street?), but the story picks up with Officers Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) as they head undercover for some college shenanigans.
We’ll keep you posted on The Reunion as more information is made available.