Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are on patrol once again. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer(MGM) Pictures today announced that cameras began rolling on "22 Jump Street" this past weekend. The sequel to last year's hit film will find Schmidt(Hill) and Jenko(Tatum) graduating to higher education as they go undercover at a local college.
Hill and Tatum took the opportunity to riff while commenting on the announcement.
"We are proud to be working alongside Phil[Lord], Chris[Miller], Neal[Moritz], Ice Cube, Korean Jesus and the rest of our amazing crew and cast. As we all know, sequels are always better than the original. Every single time. This will be no exception. How are we still saying the exact same words at the same time? This is crazy! Jump Street!"
Phil Lord and Chris Miller(after directing the pilot for Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine) have returned to direct the sequel. "21 Jump Street" screenwriter Michael Bacall has written the sequel with Oren Uziel and Rodney Rothman("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"). Barry Peterson("We're the Millers") will serve as the director of photography.
Based on the popular television series, "21 Jump Street" followed two somewhat inept police rookies as they infiltrated a high school. Tables were turned as the awkward high school geek Schmidt found himself in with the popular kids, and the former jock Jenko only found acceptance with the nerdier types. The television series 21 Jump Street debuted in 1987 and ran for five seasons. Its niche was young police officers posing undercover, and the show launched the career of Johnny Depp.
"21 Jump Street" collected more than $200 million at the global box office. The sequel will be shooting on location in New Orleans and Puerto Rico. MGM and Columbia Pictures will partner on the release of the film. A release date has yet to be announced.