Channing Tatum is being eyed for the lead of Sony Pictures Entertainment's 21 Jump Street, reports Deadline.

Channing Tatum would star alongside Jonah Hill in the film based on the 1987 Stephen J. Cannell TV series that was one of the Fox Network's early successes and launched the career of Johnny Depp.

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21 Jump Street will be directed by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and centers on undercover officers who infiltrate schools to fight crime. 21 Jump Street was scripted by Michael Bacall based on a story he hatched with Jonah Hill.

Production will begin in the spring.