Channing Tatum (left) Jonah Hill (right)

Channing Tatum And Jonah Hill Are On Board For '23 Jump Street'

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on June 24, 2024 at 5:15 PM EDT

Could fans see Channing Tatum and Jonah Hillreunite as partners for a third "21 Jump Street" movie?

According to Tatum, both he and Hill are on board to reprise their roles as Jenko and Schmidt, respectively. In fact, there is even a script already written, and the actor claims it is the "best script I’ve ever read for a third movie."

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Jenko And Schmidt Could Make A Comeback

Jonah Hill at Photocall 'Mid90s', Berlinale 2019

In September 2014, Sony Pictures announced the development of a third movie, with Rodney Rothman, known for his work on “22 Jump Street”, hired to write the script. Several months later, during the infamous Sony hack, plans emerged for “23 Jump Street” to merge with the “Men in Black” series.

According to Variety, in March 2016, director James Bobin was set to lead the crossover project, but unfortunately, it never came to fruition.

Now, Channing Tatum is opening up about the possible project.

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A Script For '23 Jump Street' Has Been Written

Channing Tatum at Vanity Fair Oscar Party

The 44-year-old opened up to, expressing his excitement for a third film.

“There is a project that was written and it’s still the best script that I’ve ever read for a third movie,” Tatum told the outlet. Unfortunately, the would-be film was never made because of “a lot of bureaucracy, kind of above the line stuff. It’s really hard to get it made and we’ve been trying to get it done.”

“You know what, I’m going to put some good juju out there and I’m going to say I would love to see ’23 Jump Street,'” the actor added. “I would love to do it with Jonah, and Jonah I know wants to do it. We would love to just get to go play again.”

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Paying Homage To Johnny Depp's '21 Jump Street'

Johnny Depp at Jeanne du Barry" Photocall - The 76th Annual Cannes Film Festival'

The R-rated comedy film paid homage to the original television series of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise.

"We just wanted to pay homage at certain points to, like, just have that fun stuff for people who love the show," Hill said of filming the first "21 Jump Street" movie. "But I think '21 Jump Streets' ‘purists,’ it’s like, ‘Shut the f-ck up.’ [Laughs] Like, I was friends with [the show’s co-creator] Stephen Cannell and he blessed this whole thing"

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"He wanted this to happen so badly. It’s not like we made 'The Godfather.' Like, just shut the f-ck up. [Laughs] I would never remake something that was like this brilliant, amazing thing," he added. "It was something that was fun – you know, it didn’t need a remake, it was just a really cool idea to make a 'Bad Boys'-meets-John Hughes movie. And reliving high school. And I thought reliving high school was a lot funnier than it was serious."

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Jonah Hill On A Sequel

Jonah Hill at Los Angeles Premiere Of '21 Jump Street'

Before "2022 Jump Street" was announced, Jonah Hill said he and Tatum "would love nothing more" than to film a second movie.

"Yeah. We would love nothing more, I would literally love nothing more than to start making a sequel," the actor said at the time. "It’s something that we had so much fun doing, the way it turned out was amazing, we love everyone involved. And it’s just completely out of our hands – it’s in the audience’s hands at this point."

Channing Tatum On How Culture Has Evolved

Channing Tatum at Versace FW23 Show

Putting the raunchy comedy aside, "21 Jump Street" also explains how youth culture evolves so quickly, something that Channing Tatum opened up about.

When talking to Vulture, the actor admitted that "the whole digital thing: Facebook, Twitter" is what shocks him the most about today's world. "That stuff grows at such an exponential rate that it’s ridiculous to me. I didn’t have a computer until — I don’t know — four, five years ago. And everything’s changed since then."

Tatum added, "Technology just changes, like, every single day. I didn’t have Internet in high school, and I think that has sort of changed the game, too. I don’t get how you can take a test. ’Cause can’t you just take out your iPhone and Wikipedia it?"

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Hill added, "Channing and I sound like old people when we answer this question, but it really is digital stuff. [Kids] really do communicate through social networking and stuff like that, whereas we don’t."

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