Jonah Hill was one of many stars this weekend at the Oscars, and he actually seemed to liven things up a bit. As he celebrated his Best Supporting Oscar nod, he also provided one of the funniest moments of the night with Emma Stone as she acted overly enthralled during her first presenting of an award. With 21 Jump Street coming out very soon, obviously Hill was promoting the upcoming comedy. But, he did drop one hell of a development: a second film is already being written.
E! Online (via Collider) spoke with the actor, who also wrote and spearheaded the film reboot of the late-80s TV series, and Hill said, “We are writing the sequel now, we got [the greenlight] by the studio to start writing the sequel.”
It should be noted that Hill used a plural “we”, which means that he is most likely working on the sequel’s script again with Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), but that has yet to be confirmed. Channing Tatum will more than likely be back, as he’s shared publicly how much of a blast he’s had playing his new comedic role, but as to who else has yet to be determined.
The film has had very positive test screenings with both critics, who saw the film at the end of January, to audiences. But, whether or not the film will come up winning the box office in just a couple weeks, sandwiched between John Carter and The Hunger Games opening weekends, has yet to be seen. Columbia Pictures has had a strong vow of confidence in the film, and greenlighting a sequel to script already definitely shows that commitment.
This also means that if successful, we could very much see another 21 Jump Street film in the near future. Obviously schedules would have to coincide, and with Hill setting up his next project with producer Brad Pitt and co-star James Franco, along with reprising his voiceover role in How to Train Your Dragon 2, the actor could very much find the time if need be. Tatum is likewise, signed on for Steven Soderbergh’s next film, along with Foxcatcher, which sees him as a Olympic wrestle David Schultz, and then attached to a few other projects.
We’ll keep you updated on the sequel as the first film progresses towards release.
What do you think? Is it too early to think about a 21 Jump Street sequel, or is it very likely the film will happen?