Channing Tatum Talks “21 Jump Street”

With a film adaptation of the 80’s TV series “21 Jump Street” on the way, it sounds like the filmmakers are actively trying to get original show star Johnny Depp for a cameo, an idea Depp has previously indicated he’s open to.

“I really hope he does it. It would mean the world to us and I think everyone wants to see him do it… and he’s enough of a madman to do it” says actor Channing Tatum who stars in the upcoming film.

Talking with The L.A. Times whilst doing promotion for the upcoming release of “The Eagle”, Tatum said the film will slightly differ from the original’s show’s premise of young cops going undercover in high school or college.

“This is more like ‘Back to the Future’, you get to go back and relive your high-school life” he says, adding that the film will mix moments of fantasy with outrageous comedy. “I’ve never read a script that I’m like, ‘How are they letting us do this?’. I don’t even mean the censoring board. I’m like, ‘No, I can’t believe they’re going to put this in a movie.’ It’s freaking ridiculous” he says.

This change of tone includes the characters he and Jonah Hill are playing – “It’s a total reversal. Jonah’s the cool one and I’m the loser.” The story itself concerns a new drug that has run rampant at a high school, and Tatum and Hill are tasked with cutting it off at the source.

Shooting on the project kicks off this spring under the helm of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.