When 21 Jump Street took the box office by storm in 2012, the movie essentially mocked itself, poking fun at remakes, reboots and tv-to-movie adaptations. That self-aware theme carried over into this summer's follow-up 22 Jump Street, which ended with a slew of sequel posters showing Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) going to medical school and every other possible school one can think of. Now, in a new interview with USA Today, Channing Tatum revealed that 23 Jump Street, which is moving forward, may not work.
When asked if the third movie will take these undercover cops to medical school, the actor had this to say.
"If we did a third one, it couldn't be in there. I feel like that would be a cop-out. College was the obvious next step for us. We had to go there. I don't know what the next step is after college. Do we go and take down Enron? Or the government in D.C.? I feel like it's all redundant. The big running joke of the second movie is this is just going to be bigger and (crappier) than the first time. I don't know if that joke works three times so we'll see."
23 Jump Street is currently moving forward with writer Rodney Rothman writing the script and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller producing and overseeing the writing process, although they currently are not attached to direct.
"[They] are a terrible idea - they're just more expensive and worse than the first one, and they're 'missions,' not movies."
"There's always a moment when you're trying to make a sequel that you think to yourself, no matter how well the first one did, 'God, the bar is set so high - should we actually go back to do this again?' Everyone wants you to go back in, but you all look at each other and say, 'Is this worth it?'"
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