Sep 01 FEATURE

  Amanda Seyfried (“Les Miserables,” “Red Riding Hood”) stars as Louise, the woman who would break the hero’s heart in, Universal Pictures’ new..

FULL STORY
Aug 28 FEATURE

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have just revealed the main poster art of “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey..

FULL STORY
Aug 27 FEATURE

Undisputed blockbuster action hero Liam Neeson stars as notorious outlaw Clinch Leatherwood in Universal Pictures’ new comedy “A Million Ways..

FULL STORY
Aug 27 FEATURE

In New Line Cinema’s romantic drama “If I Stay,” music is the connective tissue that threads the characters’ world together...

FULL STORY
  • STAY CONNECTED

Animation Directors Return with R13-Rated “21 Jump Street”

Columbia Pictures wanted a fresh take for its new action-comedy “21 Jump Street,’ so an intense search was held for a director that could make the new vision pop on the screen. They got two for the price of one: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, who had previously helmed the acclaimed animated hit “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”

Could the directors of a family friendly animated film possibly be the right choice for this R-rated live-action action-comedy? “We felt like we wanted to do something that was the exact opposite of what we had just done – although, to be fair, `Cloudy’ is an action comedy, just geared to a different audience. Still, we had a lot to prove,” Miller explains. “So we made a whole presentation that showed what we would do. We knew we had to do a little razzle-dazzle.”

Whatever skepticism the producers may have had was washed away by the meeting. “When they came in, they were incredibly prepared,” says producer Tania Landau. “They had a PowerPoint presentation. They had created a book with every point of the movie and how it should look. I was blown away. The guys were so creative and enthusiastic – we were all in sync.”

One of the reasons that Lord and Miller were so excited by the material was that they wouldn’t just be directing the movie – they would be living out the themes of the story. “When I was growing up, I watched ‘Jump Street’ because the cute girls in my high school were watching it – I wanted to be up on the storylines. So, this project is like coming full circle – I become a cool person by making this movie,” says Lord.

In “21 Jump Street,” Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were enemies in high school who became unlikely friends in Police Academy. While they may not be the best cops on the beat, they have a chance to turn it around when they join the police department’s secret Jump Street unit, run by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). They trade in their guns and badges for backpacks and use their youthful appearances to go undercover.

With Hill’s comic sense under Lord and Miller’s direction, combined with producer Neal H. Moritz’ action chops, the project had the perfect mix of talent. “You have Neal Moritz’s `Fast and Furious’ action side, and Jonah Hill style comedy,” says Miller. “Those things combine, explode, and recombine their atoms to make the perfectly formed movie.”

“Neal has produced lots of great and successful action movies,” says Hill. “So I felt that he would be a great partner in making this because I have made a lot of comedies and he has made a lot of action movies and together we could hopefully make a great action comedy.”

“Every time I do an action movie, I feel like we have to top the last one,” says Moritz. “But it’s not about bigger explosions or bigger car crashes – that doesn’t work. The action has to be character-based, it has to be something you haven’t seen before. For `21 Jump Street,’ because it’s an action comedy, we tried to have the action be clever and humorous, to really come out of the characters and their relationships.”

Opening across the Philippines in May, “21 Jump Street” will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Visit http://www.columbiapictures.com.ph for trailers, exclusive content and free downloads. Like us at www.Facebook.com/ColumbiaPicturesPH and join our fan contests.

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Short URL: http://movies.inquirer.net/?p=3635

Tags: 21 Jump Street

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.


Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  • AMW_ASeyfried_02

    Amanda Seyfried, the heartbreaker in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

    Read More

  • Judge_MainPoster

    Main poster of Warner’s ‘The Judge’ revealed

    Read More

  • AMW_LNeeson_02

    Liam Neeson, a notorious outlaw in “A Million Ways to Die in the West”

    Read More

  • IIS_00133.dng

    From Beethoven to Blondie: music, a critical element of “If I Stay”

    Read More

  • jason patric

    Jason Patric faces off with Bruce Willis in ‘The Prince’

    Read More

  • mission-impossible 4

    Fifth ‘Mission: Impossible’ film starts production

    Read More

  • The_Equalizer_8

    Odds Stacked Against You? Call ‘The Equalizer’

    Read More

  • Dolphin_Tale_2_43

    Winter’s Fight Is Not Yet Over in ‘Dolphin Tale 2′

    Read More

  • rurouni kenshin kyoto inferno 3

    ‘Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno’ grosses P42.61-M in 5 days, opens at no. 1

    Read More

  • AMW_02

    Theron in Rare Comedic Role in ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’

    Read More

  • if-i-stay-chloe-moretz-4

    Moretz Must Make a Life-Or-Death Choice in ‘If I Stay’

    Read More

  • Rurouni_Kenshin-_The_Legend_Ends-0001

    “Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends” reveals trailer

    Read More