Channing Tatum says scrapped 23 Jump Street script is 'best he's ever read'

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill both want to reunite for '23 Jump Street'.



Channing Tatum would still 'love' to make 23 Jump Street
Channing Tatum would still 'love' to make 23 Jump Street

Channing Tatum would "love" to make '23 Jump Street' with Jonah Hill.

The duo starred together in '21 Jump Street' in 2012 and reunited for its sequel '22 Jump Street' two years later, with a third movie initially put into development a decade ago with plans for a 'Men In Black' crossover with James Bobin directing from Rodney Rothman's script, but it never came to fruition.

Tatum told "There is a project that was written and it’s still the best script that I’ve ever read for a third movie."

However, the 'Fly Me To The Moon' actor insisted the project never got off the ground due to decisions made higher up the Hollywood food chain.

He said: "A lot of bureaucracy, kind of above the line stuff. It’s really hard to get it made and we’ve been trying to get it done.”

Tatum would still "love" to reunite with Hill on the long-awaited sequel, and his co-star is also keen on the project.

He added: "You know what, I’m going to put some good juju out there and I’m going to say I would love to see '23 Jump Street'.

“I would love to do it with Jonah, and Jonah I know wants to do it. We would love to just get to go play again.”

The 44-year-old star previously admitted he is concerned about the effect streamers are going to have on the quality of storytelling.

He told Forbes: "The movie industry is just changing so much. It's a different era now and it's just getting crazier with the streamers.

"I do fear a little for the storytelling of it all. I think there will be less good storytelling and a lot more product out there."

The star explained that the rise of streaming has even impacted theatrical releases as his 2015 movie 'Magic Mike XXL' was forced to have a marketing budget that exceeded the production budget.

Tatum said: "We made 'Magic Mike 2' for $12 million and they spent $60-70 million dollars to sell it.

"So, we're spending exponentially more money to sell a movie than actually make the thing for you. That should be the other way around. We could be spending the money on the thing that the viewer is actually going to get to see and now it's just who can create the most noise to break through the cataclysmic wave of content coming out every single day."