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One of the biggest surprises of last year was the rather hilarious '21 Jump Street.' Phil Lord and Chris Miller were able to take a long-dead, and frankly dopey television series from the late 80s and transform it into a high-functioning studio comedy that was equal parts crass and clever. The final scene of the film teased us with a sequel, but now it looks like we have some further details on that followup. Producer Neal Moritz mentioned in a recent interview that, as the final scene in '21 Jump Street' suggested, the sequel will find Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill going undercover on a college campus. Michael Bacall will once again pen the screenplay. Moritz also stated that Ice Cube is set to return as Captain Dickson. Furthermore, Moritz confirmed that Lord and Miller are attached to once again direct and that the second installment is aiming for a summer 2014 release, with shooting to begin this fall.
This is the best possible news for the '21 Jump Street' sequel. As much as I loved the first film, I am also firmly aware of the unenviable challenge faced by studio comedy sequels. Let's just say, the track record isn't encouraging. However, it seems like Sony is going to great lengths to reassemble the exact team that contributed to '21 Jump Street's success. Having Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill back is great, especially since Hill was one of the writers on the first film, and I can't wait to see what new and outlandish dialogue is given to Ice Cube. But I would have been extremely skeptical if they had moved forward on the sequel without Lord and Miller. In fact, I would've been downright dreading it. I was rather surprised to find out that they are moving so quickly on this, that shooting was starting this fall, but the source also points out that Lord and Miller were looking for a feature to put together during the lengthy animation process of 'The Lego Movie.' I'm so happy that, if it was going to happen anyway, that '21 Jump Street 2' is the "layover project" they've selected.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for the prospect of a '21 Jump Street' sequel? Does the return of Lord and Miller affect your enthusiasm one way or the other?