Looks Like '23 Jump Street' Might Happen After All

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Woah, woah, woah. Hold up. Remember the end of "22 Jump Street"? The one that endlessly made fun of sequels and very strongly implied that "22 Jump Street" would be the last of the reboot's adventures?

You saw that too? OK, just want to make sure we didn't dream it.

Keeping that in mind, Deadline reported today (September 9) that Sony has hired Rodney Rothman ("22 Jump Street," as well as head writer of the "Late Show With David Letterman" from 1998 to 2000, among various other credits) to script "23 Jump Street."


Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who directed both "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street," are reportedly producers on the project, alongside stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, as well as Neal Moritz, but no directing commitments have been made. Likewise, Hill and Tatum's involvement is unknown.

"21 Jump Street," released in 2012, grossed more than $201 million worldwide. This summer's "22 Jump Street" grossed $319.6 million worldwide and clocked in as the eighth-highest grossing movie of the summer.

In an interview with MTV News ahead of the release of "22 Jump Street," the directorial duo said that a version of the movie in which Tatum and Hill's characters actually left the police force, actually negating the possibility of a sequel, didn't test well with audiences.

“We did at one point test a version of the movie where Ice Cube was pitching more missions to Jonah and Chan and they said, ‘You know what, we’re good, we don’t want to do any more of this stuff,’” Lord said. “When we showed that to a test audience they were so sad because all they want is to believe that this goes on forever.”

Even after the dozens of sequel possibilities mocked in that credits sequence, we guess this is the embodiment of "never say never."