It has been a decade since Channing Tatum first appeared as Greg Jenko in the big-screen reboot of 21 Jump Street, and although there are currently no plans for a second sequel to the movie, Tatum would love to see Brad Pitt make an appearance if it did happen. Currently, there are rumors that a female spin-off of the Jump Street franchise is being worked on, but that doesn’t mean Tatum wouldn’t be happy to team up with Jonah Hill for a follow-up to 2014’s 22 Jump Street. After appearing with Pitt in the upcoming The Lost City, Tatum expressed his desire to work with the actor again.
21 Jump Street was originally a popular police procedural drama that debuted in 1987 and was probably best known for fully introducing a relatively unknown Johnny Depp to a broader audience than his appearances in the likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Platoon. The 2012 movie version, although set in the same timeline as the original series – leading to Depp and a few other cast members making cameo appearances – chose to abandon the dramatic tone of the show in favor of focusing on a “buddy cop comedy” instead.
While talking to VMAN about his new film The Lost City, Tatum heaped praise on his co-star’s comedy potential and made it clear he would happily have Pitt onboard a new Jump Street movie if one was to happen. He said:
“Brad [Pitt] in this movie is hilarious. If we ever do Jump Street 3, we have to — I’m telling you, he’s comic gold if you put him with the right character.”
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The change of tone in 21 Jump Street and its sequel seemed to work well enough, with the movies bringing in around $500 million between them on a budget of $80 million. A third movie was put into development soon after the sequel’s release, but at the time, Tatum wasn’t sure about signing on, stating that he wasn’t sure the jokes “would hit” a third time. Series writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller also backed out of the project in terms of directing, but at the time were still on board to write and produce the new sequel.
At some point, it was revealed that the film was to be replaced with a crossover movie between the franchise and another Sony IP, Men in Black, which was expected to run under the title of MIB 23. That project was also canned, and soon after, talk began of a female-led spin-off moving forward instead. While that project picked up Tiffany Haddish and Awkwafina both in discussions to appear in the lead roles in 2018, there has been little word on the project since, although it is still thought to be moving ahead. With Tatum now adding that perhaps he would be up for more Jump Street antics, it may be a case of multiple franchise entries heading to cinemas sometime in the future.