22 Jump Street Set

Still unsure what to make of 22 Jump Street? Directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord have you right where they want you.

“Everything we’ve ever done has been riding on low expectations,” Miller said. “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs? A terrible idea. Doing 21 Jump Street as a movie is a terrible idea. The Lego Movie sounds like a terrible idea. If people think this is a good idea, we’re screwed. Because we all know that sequels are terrible, right?”

“We are here to lower your expectations,” Lord added. “You need to go back and write about how you’re not really sure. It might not be that good.”

It’s November 10, 2013 and Miller and Lord joke are joking about 22 Jump Street in between takes on New Orleans set of the sequel. The anticipation is a stark contrast to 2012, when most people instantly wrote off a remake of a ‘90s TV show starring that guy from Step Up and the loser in Superbad. We now know 21 Jump Street became a monster hit that surprised audiences with its audacity, subversion and comedy. That unexpected but welcome success had fans and the studio clamoring for a sequel. However, no one behind the scenes wanted to make one unless they could surprise audiences again.

Fast forward to day 33 of a 55-day shoot on the set of 22 Jump Street. Sure the film is a sequel to a remake of a ’90s TV show, but after seeing two scenes filmed, each featuring hilarious jokes, an awkward self-awareness and lots of surprises, I have bad news for Mr. Lord: expectations have actually been raised.

Below, read all about our visit to the set of 22 Jump Street and check back later this week for the full interviews with the directors and stars. Read More »

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Michael Bacall‘s effort to bring 21 Jump Street into the 21st century proved more successful than anyone would’ve guessed. The 2012 remake picked up an impressive $200 million at the box office and a slew of glowing reviews on top of that. Now he’ll try to recreate that success with another well liked ’80s property, John HughesWeird Science.

The project is set up at Universal, with Joel Silver producing. It’s very familiar property for both the studio and the producer, who were also behind the 1985 original. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Sony Aiming For 2014 With ’21 Jump Street’ Sequel

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Briefly: The idea of another 21 Jump Street movie is hardly new; writers Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall were working on a sequel even before the first movie  opened. In the summer of last year, we heard the sequel might shoot last fall. That obviously didn’t happen, but not long afterward, Hill said that Sony wanted to shoot in September 2013. And, in fact, the studio is still holding on to the idea of a sequel.

Tonight at CinemaCon said that the movie is actively in development for a 2014 release. That’s all we’ve got at this point — there was no hint of a storyline, of returning cast, or of a firm date within 2014. But a 2014 window would fit in with the idea of a fall shoot this year. We don’t know who might direct; Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who made the first movie, may still have their hands full with WB’s Lego movie.

Incredibly, the rumors are true. 21 Jump Street is one of the funniest comedies of the last few years. Which is more than shocking considering it came out of an idea the world initially rolled its eyes at: rebooting a Nineties TV show best known for launching the career of Johnny Depp. The success can be placed on the shoulders of several people. To name a few: directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller; producer and star Jonah Hill, his co-star Channing Tatum, and the man who wrote the script, Michael Bacall.

Bacall also wrote Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the recent Project X and combined his wit and humor with Hill’s to create this over the top, hilarious, action-packed romp. I recently spoke with Bacall about that collaboration, some of the script’s more surprising decisions, writing in the framework of pop culture, that not-so-secret cameo, what he’s learned from Quentin Tarantino and more. If you’re a fan of the film, there’s a ton of great behind the scenes info after the jump. Read More »

Project X, released last Friday, got some people angry, but Warner Bros. isn’t among those irritated by the teen party movie. The low-budget film is considered a success with $21m earned so far, and the studio and producers Todd Phillips and Joel Silver are already putting together plans for a sequel.

Michael Bacall (story and co-writer on the first movie) is working on a sequel treatment with Matt Drake. They started that work before the film was released, and in the wake of its success are moving forward. Until that’s handed in we’re not likely to get any more info, including whether or not any of the main cast (Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper and Jonathan Brown) will return, or if the sequel would focus on different kids. [THR]

After the break, The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard talks about a Cloverfield sequel, Rose Byrne pitches Bridesmaids in Space, and Journey 3 director Brad Peyton hints at the film’s scope. Read More »

Everything old is new again in today’s Sequel Bits, which looks to the ’90s, the ’80s, and even the 19th century for inspiration. After the jump:

  • Transformers 4 auctions off a walk-on role
  • Bill & Ted 3 has a script, but no green light
  • Men in Black 3 implores you to share your alien encounters
  • Journey 3 gets fast-tracked for 2014
  • Michael Bacall’s working on 21 Jump Street 2

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With just ten days left until the release of 21 Jump Street, the marketing folks are ramping up their efforts with an extended red-band trailer that clocks in at nearly five minutes. Some of it is stuff we’ve already seen in the previous trailers, but there’s a good amount of new stuff as well, including trippy, drug-induced hallucinations and Channing Tatum miming a lightsaber fight with his teen nerd crew. Watch the video (NSFW for language) after the jump.

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Project X is Rated R for “crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, drugs, drinking, pervasive language, reckless behavior and mayhem – all involving teens.” And that’s not the half of it. Produced by Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Project X is a found footage music video for high school debauchery. It portrays an unattainable, highly illegal and completely insane portrait of what we’ve all only dreamt high school could be. As a film, it’s almost an avant-garde exercise by a horny male teenager. Un Chien Andalou by a drunken aspiring frat boy. And that glorification of excess makes it potentially dangerous.

Still, this story of three high school losers who throw the most epic high school party in history is made with a palpable energy that straddles the line between infectious and euphoric. Or painful and annoying, depending on you look at it. This is American Pie, Superbad or Sixteen Candles not for the MTV generation, but for their kids. If you are too far removed from that demographic, you’ll likely find much of the film morally reprehensible and hard to watch. But that visceral reaction is what makes it so damn fun. Read More »

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