Last year’s spring hit “21 Jump Street” had enough buzz behind it before its March 2012 release that parent studio Sony was already moving forward with development on a sequel before the film’s well-received debut and $138 million domestic box office haul
Finally more than a year later, Sony has made good on those early reports and according to Collider announced Wednesday (April 17) at CinemaCon that the sequel will arrive in theaters in 2014.
The majority of the first film’s major players are expected to return, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum set to star and also serve as executive producers. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”) are currently hard at work on the Lego movie, “Lego: The Piece of Resistance” but will hopefully make time in their schedules to return to “Jump Street.” Our fingers are also crossed that Ice Cube will be able to return as no-nonsense enforcer Captain Dickson.
No word yet on what adventure or case Schmidt and Jenko will be assigned to in the second film, which is expected to begin in September 2013, but screenwriter Michael Bacall (“Project X” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”) hinted that the end of the first film sets up a likely scenario for the second.
"I think if you’ve watched the movie, by the end you’ll have a pretty good idea where the sequel takes place," he said last year, just as he was starting his first draft for the sequel.
“21 Jump Street” is based on the popular 1980s TV show which introduced the world to star Johnny Depp., who delighted audiences with a very clever cameo in the first film. Depp’s brief but memorable performance will be hard to top, but speaking of cameos, Bacall also speculated that Hill and Tatum will be able to wrangle a few fun folks for surprise appearances the second time around.
"I’m sure the guys will come up with something fun,” he said. “I’m still recovering from the cameos in the first one."
See the trailer for '21 Jump Street':