File this under the dual categories of ‘Remakes We Didn’t Need’ and ‘Destroyers of Childhood Memory’. Based on the 1980s TV series that launched the careers of Johnny Depp, Dustin Nguyen and…erm…Peter DeLuise, the latest version seems to play it purely for laughs. In fact, this trailer (linked after the synopsis) plays it purely for laughs, with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs) taking notes from The Other Guys. Yeah, it looks bad.
Official Synopsis: In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.
21 Jump Street will be released on 16 March 2012 in the US and on 29 March 2012 in Australia from Sony.