Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

It seems like a minor miracle that 22 Jump Street is as good as it is, seeing as it’s a sequel to a reboot that few people thought sounded like a good idea in the first place. Then again, projects that sound questionable on paper have become kind of a specialty for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “Yeah, it seems like our career is based on an extended dare,” Miller concedes good-naturedly.

But that doesn’t mean they necessarily want things to stay that way. “It would be nice at some point to do something that people expects to be good. Although then with high expectations come a lot more pressure.” So what do the pair have coming up next? Hit the jump to read my full interview with the pair and find out.

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The movie adaptation of Glen David Gold‘s Carter Beats the Devil is one of those projects that started out with a ton of promise and momentum, and then for whatever reason wound up mired in development hell, getting kicked around town for several years.

But Warner Bros. gave it a new lease on life when it picked up the project in 2010 and set Michael Gilio (Kwik Stop) to write. Now they’re taking another step forward as 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller enter negotiations to direct. Could this version finally have potential, after all? More details after the jump.

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Carter Beats the Devil is one of those novels that made a big splash, was quickly optioned and then dropped right into development hell. But now it is getting a second chance at Warner Bros., with Michael Gilio set to script. (He wrote the draft of Treasure Island for WB that Paul Greengrass is reportedly directing.) In addition, Gilio has written a script for director Alexander Payne. But is that for Payne to produce, or direct? Read More »