Medical school, art school, traffic school, cullianary school, the credits sequence for 22 Jump Street suggested these titles and everything in between for smart self referential sequels to the bafflingly popular franchise. A brilliant feat of self fun-loving, but is there more to the sequels than some joke? Perhaps, because according to the creators of the reboot, they’re looking to make 2121 Jump Street as much a part of the franchise as terrible accents and various East Asian Jesus’.
According to Slashfilm, creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller made references to the end of 22 Jump Street during a Wondercon panel for their new Fox show The Last Man on Earth. Lord stated that “We’ve found a way that we love that makes those imagined sequels canonical and yet does something that we haven’t told you about yet… The sequels are canon.”
Sounds ridiculous right? How could such a preposterous set of sequels have any real part in an increasingly successful franchise? Well what you have to consider is that Lord and Miller are virtuosos of self referential and meta humour, an undeniable point when you consider 50% of the jokes in 22 Jump Street. So would it be that difficult for them to incorporate them somehow?
Here’s an additional reference made by Lord in a separate interview:
“[Rothman] had a really outrageous idea for what to do, and how we could take our scorched-earth sequel policy from the end of 22 Jump Street and do something that hadn’t been explored in those 22 sequels and simultaneously tell the next chapter in the story.”
It still sounds unreasonable, but the task really couldn’t be in safer or more unconventional hands. Rothman refers to Rodney Rothman, who is penning the script for 23 Jump Street, or whatever it’s going to be called. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are also expected to return. It looks to be the oddest film canon out there, but what a canon!