The star thought remaking the 80s TV series was a 'corporate cash grab'
Jonah Hill was against the idea of remaking 21 Jump Street for the big screen.
The comedy actor stars opposite Channing Tatum in the movie version of the 1980s police series that made a star of Johnny Depp. In it, two young cops are sent back to high school in an undercover operation.
But Hill has now revealed that we was not keen, telling The Reel Bits
When they approached me to do it five years ago, I tended to roll my eyes like everybody else would when you hear about a television show being made into a movie and you kind of think this seems like a corporate cash grab or whatever just to play on something that was popular a long time ago.
But Hill allayed his fears by writing them into the actual script. He continued: “We make a joke in the movie three minutes into the film, saying like, ‘Now, we get what you’re thinking’, and we’re going to call it out before you can and show you that it’s a way better movie than you think you’re about to see.”
Explaining how he was persuaded, Hill added: “For us, it was just about… if you could go back and relive the most important period of your youth thinking you have all the answers and getting back there… and you think you have it wrong, that’s a cool idea for a film. That’s kind of the reason why I did it.”
21 Jump Street is released in the UK on March 16. You can watch the trailer at the top of the page.