21 Jump Street knocked it clean out of the park at the international box office, earning over $200 million on a budget of around $42 million. Rebooting the 80s Johnny Depp-starring series as a comedy vehicle for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum pushed directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) further into the spotlight, after Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs proved to be a hit. 22 Jump Street was inevitable, as was its huge box office draw. This year’s sequel earned almost $320 million worldwide, dwarfing the film’s estimated $50 million budget. So, what’s there left to do? Keep going of course.
23 Jump Street is on the way, with Sony Pictures and Original Film already hiring a screenwriter to get the ball rolling. Rodney Rothman, who co-wrote 22 Jump Street and the Robert De Niro-Sylvester Stallone sports comedy Grudge Match, is scripting. Deadline broke the news, stating that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be overseeing the script as producers alongside Rothman. Neal Moritz, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are also producing.
Word is that directing duties will fall to Lord and Miller should they so desire, but they haven’t signed any contracts at this point. Fingers crossed they decide to take on the three-quel.