Catherine Hardwicke ‘Isn’t Attached’ To Direct ’21 Jump Street’

UPDATE: Just to be thorough, I now know that the Variety info came from a post on The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Biz Blog. The news is made quite a bit clearer in Steven Zeitchik’s post there, stating that Hardwicke is “in early talks with Sony to take on its feature version of ’21 Jump Street.'”

If you followed the source link in Chris Campbell’s earlier post, on Catherine Hardwicke taking the reins for “The Girl With the Red Riding Hood,” you may have noticed that the Variety article also pins the “Twilight” director to “21 Jump Street.” That project, adapted from the ’80s TV series about undercover cops operating as high school students, already has a script from Jonah Hill. No other announcements have been made however, so it is surprising to see such seemingly big news revealed in such an offhand way.

As it turns out, there was no reveal. Hardwicke’s publicist told MTV that “it’s too early” to say anything, and that Hardwicke “isn’t attached” to the adaptation. While that certainly leaves the possibility open that she could sign on for the project, it might be tough with her plate being so full.

It would certainly be interesting to see what Hardwicke does with Hill’s script. The “Superbad” star has described his take on the TV series as an “R-rated, insane, ’Bad-Boys’-meets-John-Hughes-type movie.” With her “Twilight” experience, Hardwicke is certainly well suited to take on the John Hughes side of that description; I’d be curious to see how she handles the “Bad Boys” blockbuster action.

Were you excited at the idea of Hardwicke directing “21 Jump Street”? Would you rather see her on that than one of her numerous other projects? Who do you think would be good to direct “Jump Street”?