The ending of “22 Jump Street” lampooned the idea of sequels in general, showing off a bunch ideas of where the franchise could go next if it were to continue. As a result, it also seemed to essentially negate any need for further films as whatever premise they could come up with for “23 Jump Street” it would have to be something very different.
Sony is still keen on the idea, having already hired writer Rodney Rothman to pen the script under the supervision of Phil Lord and Chris Miller who directed the first two films and are producing the third (they may direct it but haven’t committed yet).
Now, in a new interview with USA Today, the film’s star Channing Tatum has revealed that the second film’s amusing idea of “medical school” for the next film would just be a cop out, and he isn’t sure where the next film could go:
“If we did a third one, it couldn’t be in there. I feel like that would be a cop-out. College was the obvious next step for us. We had to go there. I don’t know what the next step is after college. Do we go and take down Enron? Or the government in D.C.? I feel like it’s all redundant. The big running joke of the second movie is this is just going to be bigger and (crappier) than the first time. I don’t know if that joke works three times so we’ll see.”
Tatum’s not down on sequels in general though, the actor is currently at work on “Magic Mike XXL” which has been filming in Georgia.