Channing Tatum, popular for his role as Duke in â€œGI Joe: The Rise of Cobra Duke,â€ is slated for a starring role in the movie version of the television classic â€œ21 Jump Street.â€ The older crowd might remember the show, aired during the 80’s, as being where the genius of Johnny Depp got it’s start, and the origin of the spin-off â€œBooker,â€ with Richard Grieco.
Is Hollywood now going to screw up â€œ21 Jump Streetâ€ like so many other shows?
According to CraveOnline.com, the movie re-make of â€œ21 Jump Streetâ€ is written as a â€œsmart, funny piece.â€ Isn’t that how Hollywood also destroyed such classics as â€œThe Dukes of Hazzard,â€ and â€œStarsky & Hutch,â€ by trying to be â€œsmart and funny?â€ Look, Hollywood, just stick with what works, and what made a show a hit. Modernization with updated wardrobe, and even special effects is fine, but going for the same, old, tired approach of â€œsmart and funnyâ€ sort of screws up what was originally a great show.
Channing Tatum is establishing himself well as a veteran actor.
In spite of the fallibility of TV shows-gone-theater, or the likelihood of viewers watching less than half of the new movie, casting directors made a good choice in Channing Tatum. He has the looks, acting ability, and on-screen presence of a Hollywood star, so it’s possible the movie re-make of â€œ21 Jump Streetâ€ can be pulled off successfully. His performance in the theatrical version of â€œ21 Jump Streetâ€ follows his roles in other movies like “Coach Carter,” “Supercross,” Step Up,” “Stop Loss” and let us not forget, “Dear John.”
Channing Tatum is doing more than acting in this production.
It was movie producer Jonah Hill who drove the idea for the movie, and not only was Channing Tatum pegged for a role, he’ll also be helping to produce the piece, written by screenwriter Michael Bacall. Movie-goers might also notice a posthumous executive producer’s credit for the television show’s original creator, Stephen J. Cannell.Â Production of the theatrical version of “21 Jump Street” starring Channing Tatum is due to begin in the Spring of 2011.