First, they invaded high school. Then they took on the perils of the college experience. Now it looks like the men (boys?) of 21 Jump Street are moving aside to let the women have some fun.
According to TheWrap, Sony Pictures is looking to develop a female-driven spinoff of the 21 Jump Street films. The franchise’s producer Neal Moritz, and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will reportedly handle the development of the film, while Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs will be penning the script.
The concept of changing up established properties to a female-led cast comedies has been popular at Sony Pictures these days, with the announcement back in January that the Ghostbusters reboot would be made up of leading female comedians in Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, as well as relative newcomers Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Casting has yet to be announced for the new film, but Broad City is well-known for its talented female cast, so Sony Pictures could certainly find talent there. There’s also chance Sony could look to the home of Broad City, Comedy Central, for more comedic talent such as Amy Schumer or Jessica Williams.
The Wrap report also mentions that the sequel to 22 Jump Street, presumably titled 23 Jump Street, could see stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum crossover into the Men in Black universe and investigate aliens. It is unknown whether Men in Black stars Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, or Josh Brolin will take part in that film.
21 Jump Street was a huge hit when it premiered in 2012, grossing $200 million worldwide, and the follow-up 22 Jump Street, was an even bigger success, raking in $331 million globally. Only time will tell when either of the new comedies are set to hit theaters in this early stage, but we’ll expect more announcements in the near future.