Hands-down of the most entertaining movies of the last few years is directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s comedy 21 Jump Street. The film perfectly showcased the goofy sensibilities of Lord and Miller while also showcasing the fantastic chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. As such, it came as welcome news that Sony was moving forward with a sequel to Jump Street with Hill and Tatum reprising their roles. We learned a few months ago that the story will be taking place in college and that Ice Cube is returning, but at that point Lord and Miller were only attached to direct and hadn’t yet officially signed on.
Steve recently caught up with Lord and Miller at Comic-Con in anticipation of the release of The LEGO Movie, and the duo confirmed that they only just officially signed on to direct 22 Jump Street a month ago because they were having trouble cracking the story. The two discussed how they stumbled upon an interesting way to approach 22 Jump Street by continuing the “marriage” of the lead characters, their research into comedy sequels as prep for the follow-up, an “expanded role” for Ice Cube this time around, and revealed the very funny reasoning behind the film’s title. Hit the jump for much, much more.