Though the first film isn't even slated to open until March 16, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a sequel to 21 Jump Street. E! has the news, having confirmed with Jonah Hill directly that the studio has greenlit the writing of a comedy followup.
"We are writing the sequel now," said Hill, who stars opposite Channing Tatum in the Phil Lord and Chris Miller film.
Also starring in the first film are Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Johnny Simmons, Johnny Pemberton, Dakota Johnson and Ellie Kemper.
In the action comedy, Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.