Every so often the industry will see a few names that instantly become the name to grab for a specific genre. Dwayne Johnson for action, Jennifer Lawrence for Oscar films; it’s a trend that clearly won’t stop. A new batch of recruits have popped up recently, and Sony is looking to lock them down for a potential franchise. The Jump Street franchise saw a huge resurgence thanks to Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, but the studio is now moving on. They’re looking to either reboot or just tell a different story, and they have their eyes of two currently huge comedy names.
This exclusive report from Collider has revealed that Sony is looking at both Tiffany Haddish and Awkwafina (according to outside sources) to star in their upcoming female-led reboot of the Jump Street movies. Kaddish is obviously everywhere lately. She broke out with her nominated performance in Girls Trip, which was followed up by movies like Uncle Drew, The Oath, Night School and Nobody’s Fool – all of which were this year. Awkwafina also had similar success, breaking out in fellow 2018 films Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. With the amount of success each of these women have had over the last year, it makes ridiculous sense that Sony would want them to lead a franchise with such a well known name like Jump Street.
22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman – also co-wrote and co-directed the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Sony – is in charge of the screenplay, with Collider also adding that both Phil Lord and Chris Miller are expected to return to the franchise as producers only.
This reintroduction of the franchise has been in the works for a while now. The last bit of news we’ heard about it is that the studio was looking to mash this and the Men in Black franchise together. That obviously didn’t happen as Men in Black International starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will hit theaters next June. With both Haddish and Awkwafina being such high-valued name in the genre at the moment, it would be a mistake of Sony to not lock them down for a franchise that could potentially last a handful of years.
Now that you’ve heard my thoughts, what do you think of this news? First of all, do you want a Jump Street reboot? If so, do you like the idea pf pairing these two strong women together? If not, who would be your top choices to star? Please head down to the comments and leave all your thoughts and feelings!