Hollywood has a reputation. They tend to skew more towards safe bets in established brands than create original properties. And to be clear, this is usually true for films with a budget of over $30 million. Go below that, and you’ll see all kinds of creative risks being taken. But when it comes to actual properties, they’re incredibly risk-averse.
It’s because of this, and the rise of feminism, that we’re getting entries in franchises that were once male-driven and are then turned on their head. Ghostbusters was an infamous case of this (though I don’t think that film was anywhere near as bad as most do) and most recently, Ocean’s 8 did the same thing (though it was much better received).
For a while, Sony has been looking to do the same thing for some of their properties, and in a recent extended piece from Variety, Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch confirmed that a gender-swapped 21 Jump Street adaptation was in the works:
“We think that there’s something fun about keeping that irreverent spirit of Jump Street, but maybe having it be told through a female undercover cop point-of-view. We’ve had enough male buddy comedies. The script is really funny and has a freshness to it.”
For those who don’t remember, 21 Jump Street was a TV drama decades ago about cops going undercover as high schoolers. It was adapted into a comedy film starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and it boasted two acclaimed entries.
While I can’t necessarily dislike something I haven’t seen, this seems to be another entry int he long list of shortcuts by Hollywood. Instead of coming up with original stories involving female undercover cops, they’re banking once again on that brand name. We can only hope that they get two amazingly hilarious leads to it, otherwise, like Ghostbusters, it could face a bit of a backlash.
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