Last year the comedy 21 Jump Street found an incredible amount of success being released in March. Opening at number one on its first weekend with a take of $36 million, the movie eventually went on to make $138 million domestically and $201 million worldwide. It proved there is a huge audience for the buddy cop pairing of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, so now Sony is letting them compete in the big leagues: the summer.
Following news out of CinemaCon last week, where the sequel was confirmed to be preparing for release some time next year, the studio has now given the film an official date, setting 21 Jump Street 2 for June 6, 2014 (according to Box Office Mojo). Surprisingly, the move gives the project some pretty heavy competition, as Paramount Pictures has already announced their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot for that day, and Pixar and Universal will be releasing The Good Dinosaur and Jurassic Park IV the weekends before and after, respectively.
Considering how few reports we've heard about the sequel until recently, we actually know a surprising amount about the project. Not only are Tatum and Hill set to reprise their roles as Jenko and Schmidt, producer Neal Moritz has confirmed that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be returning to direct. Michael Bacall, who also wrote the first one, is currently working on the script, which, as the end of the last film implied, will be sending the young looking cops to college.
But that's not all of the news that Sony has for us today, as they have also announced new release dates for two more of their 2014 comedies.
First up we have Sex Tape, the new film from Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan, which has just been announced for July 2, 2014, a Wednesday release for the July 4th holiday weekend. The comedy is set to reunite Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple who decide to tape themselves doing the nasty as a way of spicing up their marriage, but go into crisis mode when the tape suddenly disappears. Currently the only title it will be competing against is the Angelina Jolie-starring Maleficent, which is being released by Disney.
Sony has also revealed that they are now pushing back the release date for Think Like A Man Too, yet another follow up to a 2012 hit. While the movie was originally scheduled to be in theaters May 30, 2014, it has now been pushed back to June 20th,2014, where it will face off with How To Train Your Dragon 2. The film doesn't seem to have a director yet, though last summer Keith Merryman and David A. Newman were hired to pen the script.