Mumbai: Jonah Hill is in negotiations to develop a contemporary adaptation of 21 Jump Street, the popular television series that starred Johnny Depp and several other young stars, announced Columbia Pictures presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach. When the deal is concluded, Hill will develop the screenplay and serve as executive producer. He also may star in the project. Neal Moritz will produce the film with Stephen J. Cannell.
Tolmach said, "Jonah is brilliant and hilarious and we are hugely excited to be in business with him again after the phenomenal success of Superbad."
An early hit for Fox Broadcasting, 21 Jump Street focused on young cops with youthful appearances who work undercover in high schools and colleges. The series hit home with the network’s key teen demographic from 1987-1991.
In the short time since he debuted his penchant for dramatic comedy with the one-scene plays he wrote and performed at the gritty Black & White bar in New York City, Jonah Hill has already worked alongside many of the most sought-after actors, directors, and producers in Hollywood.