Sony Pictures has tapped 22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman to write and direct the studio's currently untitled all-female spin-off of their Jump Street franchise. We first reported on this project back in April 2015, when Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs were brought on to write the screenplay. Now the studio has brought on Rodney Rothman to not only work on the script, but also make his feature directorial debut.
Deadline reports that Rodney Rothman also recently turned in a draft of another spin-off, which brings the Jump Street and Men in Black franchises together. Back in August, Jump Street star Jonah Hill said that the crossover was "impossible," stating that he doubts that movie will get made. However, today's report states that the Jump Street/Men in Black crossover is actually still in development. Insiders claim that there will also be male characters involved in this story, but it wasn't specified if those male characters will be Channing Tatum's Jenko or Jonah Hill's Schmidt.
It also isn't known if this spin-off will involve the two female undercover cop characters from the original 2012 hit, 21 Jump Street, Fugazy (Dakota Johnson) and Jr. Jr. (Rye Rye). While Rye Rye returned for the 2014 sequel 22 Jump Street, Dakota Johnson did not come back as Fugazy. Since then, Dakota Johnson's career has skyrocketed, starring as Anastasia Steele in the hit adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey, and the forthcoming sequels Fifty Shades Darker (February 10, 2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (February 9, 2018).
Both 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street were big hits for Sony. 21 Jump Street took in $201 million worldwide on just a $42 million budget, while 22 Jump Street earned $333 million from a $50 million budget, and with those returns, it's easy to see why the studio would want to keep extending this franchise. Before Jonah Hill's comments about MIB 23 in August, James Bobin (The Muppets) was brought on to direct, but we haven't had any updates on that project quite yet.
Before writing the Jump Street movies, Rodney Rothman started his career as the youngest staff writer in history on Late Show with David Letterman, at just 21 years of age, and when he became head writer at 24, he was the youngest ever to reach that title. He also wrote for TV shows such as Undeclared and Committed before moving to features with Grudge Match, starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, and 22 Jump Street. He also wrote the animated film The Something, which he is also slated to direct, and which has a stellar voice cast attached including Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader. Hopefully we'll hear more about the 21 Jump Street Female Spinoff soon.