The remake of 1980s TV series 21 Jump Street doesn't come out until March 16, but they're already talking sequel. The film's star, co-writer and recent Oscar nominee Jonah Hill confirmed to E! (via Coming Soon) that "we got [the greenlight] by the studio to start writing the sequel," and that he's working on that screenplay "right now." The new film stars Hill and Channing Tatum as troublemaking police officers who go undercover at a high school. Presumably hijinks ensue.
We're approaching the point where learning that a sequel is in development before a film's actual release barely qualifies as news. John Carter and Hunger Games both have sequels in the screenplay stage at the moment, and it make such solid business sense for a franchisable property that we're surprised these stories are making waves in the field of entertainment journalism. If a film does well, the sequel usually gets greenlit immediately, and having a screenplay already in development can save valuable time in getting that film into production. And if the film bombs, the screenplay is such a relatively small investment compared to the overall production costs that the production company can write the loss off as prudence.
CraveOnline will be back with more 22 Jump Street news after they announce a Booker spin-off.