A few more details are trickling in about Jonah Hill’s planned film adaptation of the 21 Jump Street series that launched Johnny Depp’s career. The most exciting news centers around Depp possibly making a cameo in the film, but there also seems to be some promising news about the release date.
21 Jump Street debuted on Fox in 1987 and lasted for five seasons. It not only catapulted Depp to stardom, but also launched the careers of Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete, and Richard Grieco. The show revolves around young streetwise police officers who get assigned to high schools, working undercover to infiltrate gangs and track down drugs, hate crimes, peer pressure, etc.
Hill, who achieved fame costarring in the blockbuster Superbad, is signed on to executive produce and help write the script, and may also write in a part for himself. The plan for the film adaptation is to follow along with the plot of the original series, but to add considerably more humor. He’ll also update it to reflect the 21st century, meaning the kids will now use cell phones and Facebook, and won’t be wearing acid wash jeans.
Regarding the inclusion of Depp in the film, Hill is saying they “haven’t had any contact before. I’ve just heard that he’s interested, and I’m more than interested.” It’s safe to assume that fans would probably be even more interested. Hill is almost guaranteeing that it will happen, saying, “If he is down to do it, we have written a really, really funny cameo for him in the movie.”
Looking at the possible release date, Hill turned down a role in Transformers 2 to do 21 Jump Street, and says he has to make the films Moneyball and The Sitter first, but then promises his undivided attention will be on 21 Jump Street.
While some reports were saying that the release date of this TV to film adaptation was pushed back to sometime in 2012, it’s not entirely accurate. Hill says they’re committed to shooting in January 2011, meaning a 2011 release is very possible.
What do you think? Will Johnny Depp actually appear in the movie? Would you like to see any other original cast cameos?