I have to admit, I don’t get the inspiration in handling over the reins to a popular (albeit one that hasn’t aged very well) TV show franchise to a second-tier comedic actor who has only done supporting roles in movies where he hasn’t had to carry them. Then again, this seems to be Sony Pictures’ M.O. First they handed over the Green Hornet to Seth Rogen, and now the 21 Jump Street property to Jonah Hill. But then again, I’m sitting here in my boxers and they’re multimillionaire studio suits who drives Mercedes, so what do I know. In any case, Jonah Hill is still attached to turning 21 Jump Street into a movie (and possible franchise) as writer, producer, and possible star.
Here’s what Hill told Complex.com about how he’ll be approaching the movie:
[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.
…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. [Laughs.] We’re not even spoofing the movie. It’s not strictly comedic, either. We’re doing a full-on action movie, blowing shit up.
Well, as long as he’s going to “blow shit up”, I suppose giving the future of a franchise to an unproven comedian whose biggest role to date is “that fat guy in that pot smoking movie” doesn’t sound quite so moronic. Right?
Below: “Say, Seth, you think we can talk Sony into giving that skinny guy from one of our pot movies his own franchise?”