Last week when news hit that Columbia Pictures’ Doug Belgrad had said that a 21 Jump Street sequel would be filming this fall, people were a little bit surprised. Given both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s cramped schedules, the comment seemed too good to be true and felt like it was simply a matter of time before there was a clarification. Now with press junkets for Hill’s upcoming comedy The Watch, the actor has decided to confirm that the sequel is still a decent amount of time off.
In an interview with Collider, Hill told the site that “We’re shooting a year from September, and Michael Bacall and I are writing it right now.” So while Belgrad was quoted as saying this Autumn, it’s clear that he meant next Fall instead.
Tatum be working on next summer’s action blockbuster White House Down starting next month, but he’s also set for multiple other features that with The Wachowski Brothers’ high profile sci-fi feature Jupiter Ascending with Mila Kunis (also set to film this fall). The actor also announced he’s helping develop the sequel to the surprise smash Magic Mike with a filming date likely for some time next year.
As for Jonah Hill, after the Oscar-nominated actor’s next comedic effort kicks off Friday, he also has the high-profile drama The Wolf of Wall Street to film next month where he plays a key player. The adaptation will co-star some fellow heavy hitters including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jean Dujardin, Kyle Chandler, Jon Bernthal, Rob Reiner, and others all while being directed by legend Martin Scorsese.
The real hurdle comes in whether or not directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord will be up for directing the sequel. The duo will be at the helm of the 2014 animated feature Lego: The Piece of Resistance, and with a sequel wanting to film next September its clear that they’ll be busy in the real bulk of the movie before its release. The two currently plan to stay in Santa Monica while the animation crew heads to Australia for the animation process. It’s here the two have said they want to pursue a live action film on the side, giving them a possible stance on the sequel.