Sony Pictures is moving forward with 23 Jump Street, a follow-up to this summer's 22 Jump Street, with Rodney Rothman coming aboard to write the screenplay. Be warned, there will be a few spoilers for those who haven't seen 22 Jump Street below, so read on at your own risk.
21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are overseeing the writing process as producers, alongside Neal H. Moritz and producers/stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, but they have not officially committed to directing the follow-up. Insiders claim the job is theirs if they want it.
At the end of 22 Jump Street, Ice Cube's Captain Dickson teased a possible sequel story with the line, "You two sons of bitches are going to medical school." The end credits offered a number of fake ideas for possible sequels, including culinary school, firefighter school, dance school and even a semester at sea. It remains unclear what the actual 23 Jump Street sequel story will be at this point.
22 Jump Street, which starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko, pulled in $190 million domestic and just under $320 million worldwide, from just a $50 million production budget. 22 Jump Street earned $138 million domestic, but just $63 million internationally for a $201 million worldwide haul.
Rodney Rothman's other writing credits include 22 Jump Street, Grudge Match and upcoming projects such as Jazz Cops and The Coward. He also served as a producer on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Year One, Get Him to the Greek and The Five-Year Engagement.