21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will team back up with Channing Tatum on an unnamed monster movie based on Universal’s Monsters.
21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will team back up with Channing Tatum on a currently untitled monster movie. Over the last decade, Lord and Miller have quickly become one of Hollywood’s most reliable filmmaking teams, with several of their studio comedies earning critical and commercial success. They’ve been highly influential in animation, as their directorial debut Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a quirky CGI comedy featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris, grossed $243 million at the box office. By far Lord and Miller’s most successful animated film is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which the duo produced and is considered a landmark in modern animation techniques. It even scored Lord and Miller an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, making Spider-Verse the first non-Disney movie to win the category since 2006.
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The duo jumped into live-action films with 21 Jump Street, the R-rated buddy comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two cops going undercover as high school students. Based on the ’80s TV series of the same name, the movie became the second highest-grossing comedy of 2012 and re-branded Channing Tatum as a comedy star, who up until then had mostly done rom-coms and action flicks. He collaborated with Lord and Miller again on the hit sequel 22 Jump Street, and it looks like the three will be working together yet again on something a little bit different.
Deadline reports that Lord and Miller are developing an untitled monster movie based on one of Universal’s classic monsters. Channing Tatum is attached to star in the film, which is described as a tongue-in-cheek take on the Universal classic monsters set in modern times. Lord and Miller will produce under their Lord Miller banner, while Wes Tooke, who recently penned the World War II film Midway, will write the script based on an original idea from producer Reid Carolin.
Lord, Miller, and Tatum have had no problem staying busy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in May, the filmmaking duo signed on to direct Ryan Gosling in an untitled astronaut movie, based on the new novel from The Martian author Andy Weir. Meanwhile, Channing Tatum has been working on his directorial debut Dog, an Army road trip comedy that he’s also starring in. The untitled monster movie will mark the latest of several collaborations with Reid Carolin, who not only had the original idea for the movie but is also co-directing Dog with Tatum.
After 21 Jump Street, Lord and Miller became known for subverting beloved intellectual property, which makes them a good fit considering the direction the Universal monsters properties are heading in right now. Despite a rocky start in 2017 with The Mummy‘s box-office failure, the Universal monsters rebounded with The Invisible Man this year, a massive hit that saw Universal Studios depart from the original plans of a serialized universe and focus more on inventive, individual movies. Lord and Miller’s unique sensibilities, combined with a clearly game Channing Tatum, could result in another unique monster movie that scores with audiences and critics alike.
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