As previously reported, the “Superbad” star is writing and producing a remake of “21 Jump Street,”, the ’80s-era television cop show that Johnny Depp would probably like expunged from his IMDB record. Hill previously spoke with MTV News about the film, describing it as a straight-up comedy akin to the upcoming “Land of the Lost” remake. But for “Jump Street” stalwarts who can’t handle the film taking a comedic tone, Hill’s got some bad news — the show itself was always a comedy, he insists.
“Yeah, if you look at the opening episode of ’21 Jump Street,’ you see a man looking at a picture of a cop holding a little boy’s hand, and you hear a crazy saxophone solo, and you pan up and it’s Johnny Depp looking at the picture playing the crazy saxophone solo,” Hill laughingly recalled in an interview with Complex. “We’re not even spoofing the movie. It’s not strictly comedic, either. We’re doing a full-on action movie, blowing s*** up.”
Hill previously mentioned to MTV that he’d been approached for the remake because Sony Pictures wanted a funny take on “21 Jump Street.” And while that may have been the initial draw for the actor, Hill tells Complex that the deal has now changed.
“[Sony execs said] they were gonna let me make my kind of movie — an R-rated, insane, “Bad-Boys-meets-John Hughes-type movie — and I told them the second they don’t, I’m not gonna be involved anymore,” he revealed. The comments echo Hill’s earlier statement to MTV, in which the actor revealed that Sony allegedly told Hill he’d have full control over the feature.
Even with Hill’s promise of a foul-mouthed and action-heavy “Jump Street,” we have to remain cautiously optimistic — but if he can manage to take this little gem and give it an R-rated bent, we’ll certainly be jumping with joy.
Are you psyched for Jonah Hill’s take on “21 Jump Street,” or does this have catastrophe written all over it?