EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is setting Rodney Rothman to script, with an eye toward directing, a 21 Jump Street spinoff movie where the main cops are female. Neal Moritz is producing. This concept has been floated for a while, along with a separate film that will be a mash-up with 21 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum colliding with the hit Sony franchise Men in Black. That project remains in development.
Rothman has turned in the latest draft of that film, and he co-wrote 22 Jump Street, the $50 million-budgeted sequel that grossed $331 million worldwide. His other writing credits include Grudge Match and Get Him to the Greek. It is early days on this, and insiders said there are male characters in this latest version of what started as the 1987-91 Fox drama series by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell. Rothman is repped by UTA.