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While the female-led Ghostbusters met with a significant amount of backlash from fans, and some critics, it apparently still started a trend. A handful of other film properties are looking at spinning off their male-led movie into a new version starring women. One of those, 21 Jump Street, just took a major step toward becoming a reality. They've hired 22 Jump Street co-writer Rodney Rothman to both write and direct the new movie.
The report by Deadline is a bit surprising since the last thing we heard about the female 21 Jump Street was that sibling writers Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux had been hired to pen the script. That was over a year ago when this project was first getting started, so it isn't too surprising that things changed, though the reason for the swap is unknown. Since it's been so long since news on the project came out, we'd honestly thought this idea had been put on the shelf, with the 21Jump Street/Men in Black crossover apparently having more steam as far as the franchise is concerned. For what it's worth, Rothman is attached to the writing of that script as well.
The Molyneux sisters weren't even the first writers to be brought on board the project. Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs of Comedy Central's Broad City were also previously involved. The one thing all of these writers had in common was that they were either women themselves, or had experience writing comedy for women. Rodney Rothman doesn't really have that sort of work under his belt thus far.
21 Jump Street isn't the only film franchise that's going to see a gendered twist on its previously all-male setup. Ocean's Eight will be an all-female caper movie that will follow the George Clooney-led Ocean's Eleven franchise, whose team was made up entirely of men. Thus far only Matt Damon has been announced to reprise his role in that one, as a way to pass the baton to a team that will include the likes of Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, and Anne Hathaway.
Both of the previous 21 Jump Street movies starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum were hits with both fans and critics. The sequel found much of its humor in the mere concept a sequel attempting to recreate the success of te original. Could the female reboot take a hard look at the concept of gender swapping movies? It sounds like a crazy idea if we're being honest, but that doesn't mean it won't work. Sometimes crazy is exactly what's needed.
Are you interested in seeing women leading a new 21 Jump Street movie, or is a Men in Black crossover more to your liking? Let us know which film you'd rather see in the comments below.