Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
Though it’s being touted as a remake of the ’80s TV series starring Johnny Depp, anyone with even a passing familiarity with the source material will recognize that Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s upcoming action-comedy 21 Jump Street has little in common with its predecessor.
No, the real draw of the action-comedy so far looks to be in the surprisingly lively chemistry between leads Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum — and accordingly, two new bits of marketing from Columbia highlight just that. After the jump, check out a new trailer in which the pair team up to break all the rules spelled out by their supervising officer (Ice Cube) and a poster that shows off the two guys making the cutest prom couple ever.
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Briefly: It has been quite a while since we heard anything about a sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Last time we got wind of the film that Sony Animation has been developing, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were said to be attached, and the source material was said to be the Cloudy sequel book Pickles to Pittsburgh.
Now Variety updates on the project, saying that two animators from Sony Animation, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, are set to direct a film that is currently being called Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Both worked on the original film, so they’re coming to the sequel from a position of great familiarity. The film isn’t yet greenlit, and that’s all the info the trade provides. We’ve got no info on the script at this point, or of a timetable for production.
That Lego movie that Warner Bros. has been developing for several years is really happening now. Last year Chris Lord and Phil Miller, writers and directors of the great CGI animated film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, were hired to direct the movie. Now Warner Bros. has greenlit their Lego approach, which will be a live-action/animation hybrid, with about 80% of the film animated at Australian animation house Animal Logic (Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole).
But there’s an additional name in the mix, too: Robot Chicken director Chris McKay has been enlisted to co-direct with Lord and Miller. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
The new 21 Jump Street obviously doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the ’80s series it’s based on, aside from than the basic premise (undercover cops posing as high-schoolers) and an appearance by the still-dreamy Johnny Depp. So it’s probably not fair to judge it as an adaptation of the TV show. On its own merits, though, it appears to be a pretty decent buddy cop action-comedy. Last week’s red-band trailer made me laugh, and this week’s green-band trailer did as well. Probably because it’s mostly the same thing, only with less profanity.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as a pair of supposedly youthful-looking cops who get assigned to a certain “cancelled undercover program from the ’80s,” as their boss (Nick Offerman) puts it. Watch the SFW version of the trailer after the jump.
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Based on the hit late Eighties TV show and featuring the debut of the newly slender Jonah Hill, 21 Jump Street isn’t scheduled for release until March 16 but your first official look is now online. The film, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and co-starring Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Ice Cube with a not-so-secret cameo by Johnny Depp now has a three minute plus red band trailer that only ruins a few of the jokes. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Oh, look what Bridesmaids has done for Ellie Kemper: it scored her a gig in 21 Jump Street in her time off from The Office. The feature version of the ’80s TV show is shooting now with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops undercover in a high school to root out drugs and trouble. Late addition Ellie Kemper will be a love interest: Ms. Griggs, “an annoyingly sincere chemistry teacher who’s attracted to Tatum’s character and surprised when she discovers he’s not a real student.” (Sometimes casting like this is actually set for some time before it hits the trades, so it is possible Ellie Kemper isn’t as late an addition as she appears to be.)
The key point of interest here (for me, at least) continues to be that the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote and are directing. [Variety]
After the break, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford is looking like the co-star with Pierce Brosnan in The House Gun, and rapidly rising talent Joel Kinnaman is cast in the Fox Searchlight film Lola Versus, where he’ll dump Greta Gerwig. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 by Angie Han
21 Jump Street has been amassing quite a cast over the past several months: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Brie Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, Dave Franco, DeRay Davis and Jake Johnson are all among the film’s many stars. But from the earliest stages of casting, one of the top questions has been whether Johnny Depp might appear in the cinematic remake of the television show that made him famous. As it turns out, the answer is: yes. Read more after the jump.
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