Life is good for producer Neal Moritz; not only is he in charge of one of Hollywood's hottest franchises ("The Fast & The Furious"), but he may soon be shepherding another in "21 Jump Street," as a sequel to last year's smash hit is currently in the works.
Moritz recently discussed the follow-up with Collider, where he confirmed the obvious: the next film will pick up where the first one left off, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill set to take their undercover cop routine to college. He then teased that there's actually going to be more to it than that, as "there's going to be some fun to be had in what college they're going to and what's going to happen."
He then talked about the first film's success, which he believes was due to its "great heart," and he insisted that recapturing that will be a priority. This time, the trick will be in exploring the relationship between Tatum and Hill, whose characters are now in the "marriage phase." Now that the two are "actual partners," the second film will tackle "what happens once marriage starts."
If Moritz has his way, Tatum and Hill won't be the only ones returning, as directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return. In fact, Moritz and company are "actively developing the script" with the duo, and they're currently hard at work on the second draft.
The producer also confirmed that Ice Cube will be back, and there may be some other familiar faces as well. Moritz thinks "there's going to be a lot of people back from the previous film," but he also hopes to "add quite a few people."
After the first film became such a hit, Moritz claims that he's already been approached by "a number of people" who have expressed interest in appearing in the next "21 Jump Street."
Currently, Moritz hopes to start shooting the sequel this fall, and he would like to see the film released next summer.
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