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Natalie Martinez Cast In ‘Run All Night’; Wyatt Russell Joins ’22 Jump Street’; ‘McFarland’ Adds Maria Bello

Under the Dome‘s Natalie Martinez (End of Watch) has been cast opposite Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, and Joel Kinnaman in WB’s action thriller Run All Night. Director Jaume Collet-Serra is reuniting with his Unknown star Neeson in the pic written by Brad Ingelsby and produced by Roy Lee and Brooklyn Weaver. Martinez will play Gabriela, the wife of Kinnaman’s character Mike and mother of their two young children. When Mike’s estranged mob hitman father Jimmy takes on his ex-boss, he and his son are forced to go on the run. Martinez is repped by WME, Mosaic, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.

Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens, We Are What We Are) has joined the cast of 22 Jump Street, the Sony comedy sequel directed by returning helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Russell will play a college student named Zook in the pic opposite Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. The 21 Jump Street sequel is already slotted for a June 13, 2014 release. Russell is currently shooting Cold in July with Michael C. Hall and will play Bobby Orr in the indie NHL pic Turk opposite Ed Burns and Logan Marshall-Green. Russell is repped by UTA. Read More »

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’21 Jump Street’ Sequel Leaps To June 13, 2014

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT

Sony’s move off June 6, 2014, means that the 21 Jump Street sequel won’t compete with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles anymore. By moving into the June 13, 2014, slot that opened up today with Universal’s postponement of Jurassic Park 4, the Channing Tatum starrer has the new date all to itself.

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CAA Signs Film Actor Dave Franco

By | Thursday October 25, 2012 @ 8:55am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dave Franco has signed with CAA, reuniting with Kami Putnam Heist, who originally represented him at Gersh before she moved over. She also reps his older brother, James Franco. Dave Franco has built a nice run lately. After playing the villain in 21 Jump Street, he has shot Warm Bodies, the zombie tale that stars Nicholas Hoult and John Malkovich and which Summit releases February 1. He followed with Now You See Me, starring with Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman, which Summit releases June 7. Franco, who got his start writing and starring in shorts for funnyordie.com before landing a regular role on the series Scrubs, continues to be managed by Miles Levy at James Levy Management.

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‘21 Jump Street’s Brie Larson Joins ‘The Spectacular Now’

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 2:17pm PDT

Brie Larson has joined the cast of The Spectacular Now. The actress, who recently starred in 21 Jump Street, will play “Cassidy,” one of the leads in the comedy. James Ponsoldt is directing The Spectacular Now. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley co-star in the film. Shawn Levy & Tom McNulty are producing.  Larson is in the upcoming comedy Relanxious with Oliva Wilde, and Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen. Larson also recently joined the cast of Squirrel to the Nuts. Owen Wilson and, again, Olivia Wilde co-star. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are producing Squirrel to the Nuts. Peter Bogdanovich is writing the script. Larson is repped by Gersh and managed by ROAR

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MGM Takes A Loss On ‘Dragon Tattoo’ And Seeks Better Terms For Sequels

If you think that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was a hit, then talk to MGM Holdings CEO Gary Barber. His company co-financed the film, and although it has generated about $231M at worldwide box offices he tells investors who own MGM’s unlisted shares that “it is below our expectations and we booked a modest loss.” The company wouldn’t say how much it wrote down, but Barber notes that execs ”were hoping we’d do 10% more than we did.” MGM has an option to co-finance the other two films in the trilogy and is talking to Sony about following through “assuming we can achieve better economics.” He was much more upbeat about the early performance of 21 Jump Street, which MGM also co-financed. “We expect it to be profitable,” Barber says. He adds that ”MGM has entered 2012 as a revitalized company.” He declined to describe MGM’s strategy but says it is “evaluating all options.” Read More »

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FX Acquires ’21 Jump Street’ & ‘The Lorax’

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 9:11am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax FX21 Jump Street FXFX has added two more box-office hits to its theatrical portfolio. The basic cable network has closed deals for the ad-supported TV rights to this weekend’s No. 1 movie 21 Jump Street (Sony), which opened with $36.3 million, and to Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal), which was No. 1 at the box-office the previous two weeks and has grossed $158.4 million to date domestically. So far this year, FX has bought the films that were No. 1 at the box-office nine of the first 11 weeks of 2012. The list includes Act Of Valor, Safe House, The Vow, Chronicle, Underworld: Awakening and Contraband.

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’21 Jump Street’ Actual Leaps To $36.3M

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 12:23pm PDT

Sony Pictures says the Monday actuals for R-rated 21 Jump Street moved higher because of a better-than-expected Sunday. Friday’s figure was $13.2M, Saturday $12.9M, and Sunday $10.1M for a 3-day weekend total of $36.3M.

’21 Jump Street’ #1 With Hot $35M Weekend

 

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’21 Jump Street’ #1 With Hot $35M Weekend; ‘John Carter’ Slumps; ‘Casa Padre’ Pumps

By | Saturday March 17, 2012 @ 10:51pm PDT

 

March 16-18 Weekend Actuals
 
1. 21 Jump Street (MGM/Sony) NEW [3,121 Theaters] R
Friday $13.2M, Saturday $12.9M, Sunday $10.1M, Weekend $36.3M

2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Illumination/Universal) Week 3 [3,769 Theaters] PG
Friday $6.8M, Saturday $9.6M, Sunday $6.4M, Weekend $22.8M (-41%), Cume $158.4M

3. John Carter (Disney) Week 2 [3,749 Theaters] PG13
Friday $4M, Saturday $5.7M, Sunday $3.9M, Weekend $13.6M (-55%), Cume $53.2M

4. Project X (Warner Bros) Week 3 [2,922 Theaters] R
Friday $1.5M, Saturday $1.5M, Sunday $1M, Weekend $4.0M (-64%), Cume $48.2M

5. Act Of Valor (Relativity) Week 4 (2,765 Theaters] R
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.6M, Sunday $1M, Weekend $3.7M (-47%), Cume $62.5M

6. A Thousand Words (DWorks/Paramount) Week 2 [1,895 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.6M, Sunday $884K, Weekend $3.6M (-41%), Cume $12.0M

7. Safe House (Universal) Week 6 [1,920 Theaters] R
Friday $827K, Saturday $1.2M, Sunday$701K, Weekend $2.7M (-43%), Cume $120.2M

8. Journey 2 (Warner Bros) Week 6 [1,935 Theaters] PG
Friday $718K, Saturday $1M, Sunday $663K, Weekend $2.4M (-34%), Cume $95M

9. Casa De Mi Padre (Lionsgate) NEW [382 Theaters] R
Friday $780K, Saturday $784K, Sunday $724K, Weekend $2.3M

10. This Means War (Fox) Week 5 [1,660 Theaters] PG13
Friday $760K, Saturday $921K, Sunday $460K, Weekend $2.1M (-43%), Cume $50.5M
 

SUNDAY PM, 6TH UPDATE: Welcome to another weekend of strong North American box office. But it’s down -6% from last year because Saturday grosses proved softer than expected. Probably the NCAA basketball effect. R-rated pics were hot. Numbers for the #1 movie, Sony Pictures/MGM co-production’ 21 Jump Street, 21 Jump Street Box Office Resultsshowed an opening of $13.2M Friday and $13M Saturday for a $35M weekend from 3,121 theaters. Friday’s number includes the $700K Friday midnights from 598 theaters. Overall, nice haul for the raunchy laugher whose budget was only around $45M. What’s especially interesting here is that these remakes of popular TV shows rarely work on the big screen. But stars Channing Tatum (The Vow) and Jonah Hill (Moneyball) are hot right now — with Tatum having two films of different genres in the Top 10 this weekend and Hill coming off an Oscar nom. And directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) found the right irreverent way in for their first live action feature. Michael Bacall’s and Jonah Hill’s story used the Patrick Hasburgh/Stephen J Cannell series as a jumping off point. Bacall is credited with the screenplay. This is the first successful bonafide comedy of 2012 (since Fox’s This Means War disappointed and Warner Bros’ Project X had a ‘found footage’ conceit). Reviews have been surprisingly good — not just 88% on Rotten Tomatoes but even The New York Times. (Not that this is a review-driven film.) Audiences gave it a ‘B’ CinemaScore. Exit polls showed moviegoers were 53% male and 50% were under 25.

Sony had an extensive word of mouth campaign for the film with over 350 screenings across the country. Overall, the marketing campaign targeted young adult moviegoers and positioned the film as a “must-see” action comedy. There was the usual promotion on high profile sports games and primetime TV But mostly Sony sold the talent to engage audiences and break through the clutter. ”We partnered with 15 different networks to create custom content to showcase the film talent and convey the irreverent humor of the film,” a Sony exec tells me. Jonah and Channing were joined by Ice Cube and Rob Riggle for a domestic regional press tour in Denver, Chicago, Washington DC, Miami, and NYC. In addition to national talk show appearances, Hill hosted Saturday Night Live the weekend before 21 Jump Street opened. Also helping was the pic’s premiere at the South by Southwest fest, while Jonah and Channing visited Wondercon Friday. An extensive campaign was formulated for Twitter including a “Tweet-Off” between Tatum and Hill.

Meanwhile, #2 Illumination Entertainment/Universal’s Dr Seuss’ The Lorax after three weeks in release is benefitting from the fact that 24% of K-12 classes were out of school Friday. But Disney’s disappointing holdover John Carter is still disappointing a week later. Despite its $250M budget it’s only a distant #3. It’s now up to international to perform: this weekend the film earned $40.7M internationally for a worldwide cume now of $179.3M. Otherwise director Andrew Stanton’s domestic bomb is a $100M-$150M writeoff for the Walt Disney Co.

But the real surprise this weekend is Casa De Mi Padre, which is Will Ferrell’s $6M-costing indie filmed almost entirely in Spanish with English subtitles and playing in only 382 locations. The R-rated pic opened in the Top Ten with an impressive $2.2M weekend and the 2md best per screen average. Ferrell, who speaks surprisingly good Spanish in the pic, got the project off the ground and is the only on-screen gringo in what he says is a “telenovela meets a Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez/bad Mexican spaghetti Western”. Ferrell brought in pals from his  Funny Or Die website, director Matt Piedmont and screenwriter Andrew Steele, whose script was written in English and had to be translated into intentionally bad Spanish writing. Casa De Mi Padre was a 23-day production financed by Nala Films, the Santa Monica company behind In The Valley Of Elah and Dan In Real Life. The film is being distributed in limited release in the United States by Pantelion Films, which is a partnership between Lionsgate and the Mexican media company Televisa.

Here’s the Top 10 based on weekend grosses:

1. 21 Jump Street (MGM/Sony) NEW [3,121 Theaters] R-rated
Friday $13.2M, Saturday $13M, Weekend $35M

2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Illumination/Universal) Week 3 [3,769 Theaters] PG-rated
Friday $6.8M, Saturday $8.7M, Weekend $22.8M, Cume $158.4M

3. John Carter (Disney) Week 2 [3,749 Theaters] PG13-rated
Friday $3.9M, Saturday $5.6M, Weekend $13.5M (-55%), Cume $53.1M

4. Project X (Warner Bros) Week 3 [2,922 Theaters] R-rated
Friday $1.5M, Saturday $1.4M, Weekend $4.0M, Cume $48.1M

5. A Thousand Words (DWorks/Paramount) Week 2 [1,895 Theaters] PG13-rated
Friday $1.1M (-43%), Saturday $1.6M, Weekend $3.7M (-39%), Cume $12.1M

6. Act Of Valor (Relativity) Week 4 (2,765 Theaters] R-rated
Friday $1.1M, Saturday $1.4M, Weekend $3.6M, Cume $62.6M

7. Safe House (Universal) Week 6 [1,920 Theaters] R-rated
Friday $815K, Saturday $1.0M, Weekend $2.7M, Cume $120.2M

8. Journey 2 (Warner Bros) Week 6 [1,935 Theaters] PG-rated
Friday $716K, Saturday $975K, Weekend $2.4M, Cume $95M

8. Casa De Mi Padre (Lionsgate) NEW [382 Theaters] R-rated
Friday $782K, Saturday $784K, Weekend $2.2M

10. This Means War (Fox) Week 5 [1,660 Theaters] PG13-rated
Friday $745K, Saturday , Weekend $2.1M, Cume $50.5M

Meanwhile, 21 Jump Street had a very limited day-and-date rollout overseas grossing $7M. But it had a big opening in Australia where it became the #1 movie with $4.3M U.S. dollars (including previews) on 243 screens. It was #1 in the market so far, pulling in 38% of the country’s total box office, following a big publicity push by Channing and Jonah who are also executive producers. The film rolls out in the majority of the world in coming months. That said, in North America, I’m told that audiences are responding with whoops and hollers when they see the movie’s biggest unadvertised surprise…

SPOILER ALERT… SPOILER ALERT…
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SXSW Fest Releases Features Lineup

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 12:00pm PST

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival unveiled its feature lineup today. Colombia Pictures and MGM’s 21 Jump Street will screen as the festival’s centerpiece world premiere March 12th and Emmett Malloy’s world debut documentary Mumford & Sons will close out the event, which takes place in Austin from March 9-17. As previously announced, Lionsgate’s thriller The Cabin In The Woods from Emmy-nominated writer Drew Goddard will open the eight-day event. 130 features will screen at SXSW 2012 with 65 world and 17 North American premieres. The lineup also includes 51 films from first-time filmmakers.

SXSW has been a magnet for indies since the film component began in 1994 as an adjunct to its older music festival, but it has attracted some higher-profile releases in recent years including Jodie Foster’s The Beaver and Duncan Jones’ Source Code last year and Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass in 2010. Still, the festival says it is keeping Hollywood at bay. ”We’re sparing in Hollywood offerings,” SXSW producer Janet Pierson told Deadline. “We have a dialogue and meet with studios, and we don’t take whatever they have available that Friday [screening time]. It’s active programming on our part.” SXSW continues to have increased submissions, with 7% more projects making their way to festival programmers compared with the year before.

Here’s the feature lineup:

NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Booster
Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin
When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.
Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail (World Premiere)

Eden
Director: Megan Griffiths, Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths, Story by: Richard B. Phillips and Chong Kim
A young Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by domestic human traffickers, joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive. Cast: Jamie Chung, Matt O’Leary, Beau Bridges, Jeanine Monterroza, Scott Mechlowicz (World Premiere)

Gayby
Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Lisecki
Jenn and Matt, best friends since college who are now in their thirties, decide to have a child together, the old-fashioned way – even though Matt is gay and Jenn is straight. Cast: Jenn Harris, Matthew Wilkas, Mike Doyle, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jack Ferver (World Premiere)

Gimme the Loot
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Leon
When Malcolm and Sofia’s latest graffiti masterpiece is buffed by a rival gang, these two determined Bronx teens must hustle, steal, and scheme to get spectacular revenge and become the biggest writers in the City. Cast: Tashiana Washington, Ty Hickson, Meeko, Zoe Lescaze, Sam Soghor (World Premiere)

Los Chidos (Germany / Mexico / USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
The Gonzales family tries hard to hold on to their beautiful Latino traditions of misogyny andhomophobia when a tall, white, industrialist stranger appears, challenging their place in the exploitative
food chain. Cast: Kim Stodel, María De Jesús Canales Ramírez, Manuel Ramos, Cecillia Gutiérrez, (World Premiere)

Pilgrim Song
Director: Martha Stephens, Screenwriters: Martha Stephens, Karrie Crouse A pink-slipped music teacher ponders his stalled relationship and place in the world during an arduous trek across Kentucky’s Sheltowee Trace Trail. Cast: Timothy Morton, Bryan Marshall, Karrie Crouse, Harrison Cole, Michael Abbott Jr. (World Premiere)

Starlet
Director: Sean Baker, Screenwriters: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch The film explores the unlikely friendship between 21-year-old Jane (Dree Hemingway), and 85 year-old Sadie (Besedka Johnson), two women whose worlds collide in California’s San Fernando Valley.
Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Stella Maeve, James Ransone, Karren Karagulian (World Premiere)

The Taiwan Oyster
Director: Mark Jarrett, Screenwriters: Mark Jarrett, Jordan Heimer, Mitchell Jarrett
Two Ex-Pat Kindergarten teachers in Taiwan embark on a quixotic odyssey to bury a fellow countryman. Cast: Billy Harvey, Jeff Palmiotti, Leonora Lim (World Premiere)

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Red Band Trailer: ’21 Jump Street’

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 8:51pm PDT

Some of us are not sure what to make of this red band trailer for 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube in the movification of a long-ago Fox TV series about young cops going undercover in high school. The late ’80s TV show starred Johnny Depp.

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MGM-Sony To Partner On ’21 Jump Street’

Bond 23Total RecallThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo… the list of partnered movies keeps growing longer and longer between Sony Pictures and the reconstituted MGM:

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 18, 2011)- MGM will become a financial partner on the upcoming Sony Pictures Entertainment film 21 Jump Street, it was announced today by MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. Sony will handle marketing and distribution, while MGM will handle select international television licensing for the film.

21 Jump Street is part of the recently announced agreement between Sony and MGM to explore co-financing opportunities on future motion pictures produced by each of the respective studios for the next five years. They have most recently partnered on the highly anticipated Bond 23, set for worldwide release on November 9, 2012.

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As Dave Franco Joins ’21 Jump Street,’ Will Johnny Depp Make A Cameo?

Mike Fleming

We’ve certainly gotten an eyeful lately of actor/soap star/Oscar host James Franco. We even met his grandmother in that Funnyordie.com spot where she deemed moviegoers too squeamish to watch 127 Hours “a bunch of pussies.” Now it’s actor/writer Dave Franco who is building some career steam. He’s just been set to play a villain in 21 Jump Street, a film that is getting close to production at Sony Pictures. In fact, it’s so close that the inevitable rumors have started on whether Johnny Depp will show up for a cameo. After all, the TV series launched his career. I hear plans are being made for him to set aside a day to shoot one, but I’m not sure what his role will be.

Franco has so far played roles in films ranging from Superbad to Greenberg, and he most recently completed the DreamWorks remake of Fright Night, which stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Toni Collette and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. He also has starred with Mintz-Plasse  (Superbad‘s McLovin) in the widely viewed and very bawdy Funnyordie.com spot You’re So Hot. In 21 Jump Street, he’ll play Eric, the most popular kid in school, who also happens to be a raging drug dealer. Jonah Hill’s narc character befriends him to infiltrate the cool kid crowd. Franco turns 26 in June, and Hill is 28. Channing Tatum, turning 31 this month, plays another undercover officer. Are these guys really going to look like high … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Zeroes In On Peter Pan Pitch For Channing Tatum

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing Sony Pictures is in negotiations to acquire Pan, which will be scripted as a starring vehicle for Channing Tatum. He’ll produce as will Reid Carolin and Joe Roth. Billy Ray will write the script, a dark re-imagining of the Peter Pan tale. Tatum is starring for the studio in 21 Jump Street. As for Roth, he’s turning fairy tales into gold, first with Alice in Wonderland, and Oz: The Great and Powerful, the Sam Raimi-directed pic that just locked in James Franco to play the title character.

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Brie Larson Lands ’21 Jump Street’ Lead

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Brie Larson has landed the coveted lead role of Molly in Sony Pictures’ 21 Jump Street, starring opposite Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube. Neil Moritz is producing. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing.

Larson, best known for playing Toni Collette’s rebellious daughter in the Showtime series United States of Tara,  recently wrapped the Oren Moverman-directed cop drama Rampart, which also starred Cube, along with Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright and Ben Foster. Larson’s other recent film credits include Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Greenberg. The third season of United States of Tara starts this month. Larson is repped by Gersh and Roar.

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Ice Cube Joining ’21 Jump Street’ And Shops Directing Vehicle ‘Chrome And Paint’

Mike Fleming

Ice Cube is negotiating to join Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 21 Jump Street. He is also preparing to shop Chrome and Paint, a gritty Boyz N’ The Hood-style drama that Cube wrote with Eva Vives as a starring and directing vehicle that focuses on custom car culture of South Central Los Angeles. In 21 Jump Street, Cube will play the precinct captain role originated by Steven Williams in the TV series that launched the career of Johnny Depp. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the pic for Sony Pictures. Cube livens up the cast, but if they are planning to replicate the series plot about undercover cops that infiltrate schools, I’m still waiting to see if they cast anybody that remotely looks like they might be proofed in a bar. Depp was a baby-faced 24 when he started the series: Tatum is 30 and Hill is 27. Shooting begins in late April and Neal Moritz is producing.

Cube will jump into that film after he finishes a role in the New Line romancer New Year’s Eve, matched with Hilary Swank. Cube, who directed the 2010 Oakland Raiders documentary Straight Outta L.A. for ESPN, hasn’t directed a narrative feature since 1998′s The Players Club, which he also wrote. In Chrome and Paint, Cube uses the subculture of tricked out Mercedes, BMW and Low Rider cars to frame a drama about the temptation to place materialism above all else. Cube’s … Read More »

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Toldja! Channing Tatum In ’21 Jump Street’

Mike Fleming

Sony Pictures Entertainment has confirmed Deadline’s November 9 scoop that Channing Tatum will join Jonah Hill and star in ’21 Jump Street.’ Here’s the release:

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 1, 2010 – Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are set to star in a contemporary motion picture adaptation of 21 Jump Street, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. Hill and Tatum are executive producers on the project, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a screenplay by Michael Bacall based on a treatment from Hill and Bacall. Neal H. Moritz will produce the film with Stephen J. Cannell, who will receive posthumous credit.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “Jonah helped create a smart and funny vehicle that is tailor-made for him and Channing. They are a perfect duo for this film and Phil and Chris have a terrific, accessible take on the material. We love how this movie has come together and are very excited to begin production this spring.”

Hannah Minghella and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing production for the film on behalf of the studio.

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 popular series starred Johnny Depp and several other young stars and hit home with the network’s key teen demographic from 1987-1991.

JONAH HILL starred opposite Michael Cera in the acclaimed hit Superbad, which grossed nearly $120 million at

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Channing Tatum About To Leap Into ’21 Jump Street’ With Jonah Hill For Sony

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Channing Tatum has jumped to the top of the list for the lead of Sony Pictures’s 21 Jump Street. I’m told that Tatum will soon be in negotiations to star alongside Jonah Hill. Production will begin in the spring. Based on the 1987 Stephen J. Cannell series that was one of the Fox Network’s early successes and launched Johnny Depp, the movie was scripted by Michael Bacall based on a story he hatched with Hill. The film will be directed by Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. I’m told that the studio has met with a bunch of potential leading men and that Tatum and Hill matched up well. Both look youthful, which helps since the film is about undercover officers who infiltrate schools to fight crime. UTA-repped Tatum’s creating some pre-release buzz for his comic turn as the other man in the Ron Howard-directed The Dilemma, which Universal released on January 14. He’ll follow in a dramatic turn as a Roman soldier trying to reclaim his family honor in the Kevin Macdonald-directed The Eagle for Focus Features.

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