Running Time: 110 minutes
Rating: 14A (14A)
When cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go under cover as high-school students. They trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, and set out to shut down a dangerous drug ring. But, as time goes on, Schmidt and Jenko discover that high school is nothing like it was just a few years earlier -- and, what's more, they must again confront the teenage terror and anxiety they thought they had left behind.
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21 JUMP STREET
In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) were enemies in high school who became unlikely friends in Police Academy. While they may not be the best cops on the beat, they have a chance to turn it around when they join the police department's secret Jump Street unit, run by Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). They trade in their guns and badges for backpacks and use their youthful appearances to go undercover. Trouble is, teenagers today are nothing like what they were just a few years ago, and Schmidt and Jenko discover that everything they think they know about being a teenager, from sex to drugs to rock and roll, is all wrong. More importantly, they both find they are still dealing with all of the adolescent problems they didn't address in their own teen years - and both will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.
Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present in association with Relativity Media an Original Film / Cannell Studios production, 21 Jump Street. Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, with Ice Cube. Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Produced by Neal H. Moritz and Stephen J. Cannell. Screenplay by Michael Bacall. Story by Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill. Based on the Television Series Created by Patrick Hasburgh & Stephen J. Cannell. Executive producers are Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ezra Swerdlow, and Tania Landau. Director of Photography is Barry Peterson csc. Production Designer is Peter Wenham. Editor is Joel Negron. Costume Designer is Leah Katznelson. Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.
21 Jump Street has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for Crude and Sexual Content, Pervasive Language, Drug Material, Teen Drinking and Some Violence. The film will be released in theaters nationwide on March 16, 2012.
ABOUT THE FILM
The idea for breathing new life into 21 Jump Street as a feature film began with Stephen J. Cannell, who had co-created the popular television series with Patrick Hasburgh back in the day. One of the most venerable, talented, and prolific television writer-producers, Cannell's many credits - from ``The A-Team to ``The Rockford Files to ``The Greatest American Hero to ``Wiseguy, among many others - earned him a legion of fans and admirers, especially among his colleagues in entertainment.
One such admirer is producer Neal H. Moritz, who has earned his own reputation as a go-to producer of action films. ``He was incredibly charismatic - I loved everything about him, says Moritz of Cannell, who died in 2010 at the age of 69. Moritz recalls their initial meeting: ``We started talking about '21 Jump Street' and I told him how much I had loved that show. He mentioned that he was working on turning it into a movie, that he was a fan of my movies, and he asked me if I would like to get involved with the project. Are you kidding?
``21 Jump Street ran for five seasons, the first four on the nascent Fox network, providing them with one of their first hits. Starring Johnny Depp in his first major role, the drama about young-looking cops going undercover in high schools scored high ratings in the key demographic of young viewers that the then-fledgling network was beginning to court.
Moritz and executive producer Tania Landau immediately saw the promise in updating that premise, but it wasn't until Jonah Hill became involved that the project really came into focus. ``It's a great concept, Landau says. ``Two young-looking cops go undercover at a high school, and against all odds, bust a drug ring. We make a lot of action movies, so that was how we saw the direction for this project, too. But things changed when we had lunch with Jonah; he suggested doing it as an R-rated action comedy, and suddenly it all fell into place.
Hill says that it started with a simple question: "It started with asking myself what would it be like to relive the most important time period of your youth... high school. You think you have all the answers that you didn't have then, but then you get back there and realize those answers are all wrong. You then immediately revert back to the insecurities and problems you had when you were seventeen."
Hill, also an executive producer of the film, wrote the story with Michael Bacall, who wrote the screenplay. ``At first, nothing goes as planned for the characters. These guys treat it like wish fulfillment - 'Oh, if I only knew then what I know now,' Bacall explains. ``But all of the information that they have no longer applies. Jenko - who was always the cool kid back then - falls in with the nerds, and Schmidt - the nerdier of the two - falls in with the cool crowd. It's a total role reversal.
According to Hill, the fact that the show has been off the air for a generation worked to their advantage in devising the story and the tone. ``I'll meet teenagers and I'll ask them if they know the series - they don't, he says. ``So I tell them it's about young-looking cops who go undercover in a high school, and they say, 'That sounds awesome.' It's such a great premise for an action-comedy.
Moritz and Landau immediately sparked to Hill and Bacall's fresh take on the material, and Cannell, too, thought it was a great spin on the Jump Street series. As the project moved forward, the next step was to find a director that could make the new vision pop on the screen. They got two for the price of one: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, who had previously helmed the animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Could the directors of a family friendly animated film possibly be the right choice for this R-rated live-action action-comedy? ``We felt like we wanted to do something that was the exact opposite of what we had just done - although, to be fair, Cloudy is an action comedy, just geared to a different audience. Still, we had a lot to prove, Miller explains. ``So we made a whole presentation that showed what we would do. We knew we had to do a little razzle-dazzle.
Whatever skepticism the producers may have had was washed away by the meeting. ``When they came in, they were incredibly prepared, says Landau. ``They had a PowerPoint presentation. They had created a book with every point of the movie and how it should look. I was blown away, and so was Neal. The guys were so creative and enthusiastic - we were all in sync.
One of the reasons that Lord and Miller were so excited by the material was that they wouldn't just be directing the movie - they would be living out the themes of the story. ``When I was growing up, I watched 'Jump Street' because the cute girls in my high school were watching it - I wanted to be up on the storylines. So, this project is like coming full circle - I become a cool person by making this movie, says Lord.
With Hill's comic sense under Lord and Miller's direction, combined with Moritz' action chops, the project had the perfect mix of talent. ``You have Neal Moritz's Fast and Furious action side, and Jonah Hill style comedy, says Miller. ``Those things combine, explode, and recombine their atoms to make the perfectly formed movie.
``Neal has produced lots of great and successful action movies, says Hill. ``So I felt that he would be a great partner in making this because I have made a lot of comedies and he has made a lot of action movies and together we could hopefully make a great action comedy."
``As a matter of fact, says Miller, ``we were looking at cars and Neal knew exactly what we needed. It had to be a 1971 Camaro Z28. It had to be the Z28 and it had to be 1971. He even knew exactly what the exhaust pipe should look like. He is the expert. He knows more about cars than anyone else.
``There are some major chases in this movie, says executive producer Ezra Swerdlow. ``For example, there's a limousine chase through the city, throwing people out the door, people shooting through the sun roof - it's full-scale action. Neal is just a master at this stuff - the pace of the action, the number of shots, the framing of the shots.
At the same time, says George Aguilar, the film's 1st unit stunt coordinator, that sequence is a good example of the way the film balances action and comedy. ``The directors wanted a fast and furious action sequence, but with a comedy tone in it. It looks exciting, there's a danger to the sequence, and inside their limo they have a drunk girl that they have to get rid of. It's hysterical when the girl joins the chase.
``Every time I do an action movie, I feel like we have to top the last one, says Moritz. ``But it's not about bigger explosions or bigger car crashes - that doesn't work. The action has to be character-based, it has to be something you haven't seen before. For 21 Jump Street, because it's an action comedy, we tried to have the action be clever and humorous, to really come out of the characters and their relationships.
Aguilar echoes the point. He has extensive experience in action-comedies, having previously overseen the stunts on such films as Zombieland. He says that in 21 Jump Street, just as in that film, the action and the comedy has to flow together naturally. ``You can't stop for a joke; you have to make it work within the chase, he says. ``Neal wants it realistic, he wants it fast, he wants people to say 'wow,' but he also doesn't want to sacrifice anything funny. You have to keep the stakes high and then work in the funny situation.
Aguilar says that Hill contributed greatly to the action sequences. ``Jonah is always thinking and coming up with new and better ideas, he says. ``He'd always come up with a twist. He insisted that his character should not look slick - even though he's been through the police academy, he's still not so good at certain things.
Hill, of course, plays Schmidt, the onetime nerd who finds himself suddenly cool for the first time in his life. ``It's one of the more interesting characters I've played, says Hill. ``He just wants to be a good cop, but he has insecurities that date all the way back to high school. When he gets sent back to high school, undercover, he gets drunk with power, forgets about police work, forgets about his friendship with Jenko. He likes living this fake high school life - better than the life he has as a guy in his mid-20s. So in essence it's the story of a guy who gets lost in his moment in the sun.
Opposite Hill, the filmmakers looked for an actor to play Jenko - a guy for whom everything went right during high school who discovers that things aren't so easy the second time around. Who could be handsome and an alpha male, but funny, too?
``When we met Channing Tatum, we realized he's perfect for the role because he's naturally funny and sincere, adds Miller.
``Channing wins you over immediately, says Aguilar. ``Like everyone, I knew he was physically talented, and he's done enough of the action stuff to know what he's good at, but I didn't know that he's also hysterical, and that's a powerful combination.
Tatum, who also signed on as an executive producer, says, modestly, ``I'm the biggest fan of comedies, but I'm terrified of them. I'm so envious of guys like Jonah - so when he called and he said, 'We're doing 21 Jump Street, and we want you to be in it,' I really thought I got the wrong call. Comedy is just so different - not only do you have to worry about being honest in the scene, but you also have to figure out where the funny beats are and punch them, then drop and stop talking. It's a fine art. Fortunately, I was surrounded by comedy writers and stand-up comics who really knew what they were doing - I learned an enormous amount.
To confirm what they already knew - that Tatum had the comedy chops and would have fantastic chemistry with Hill - the directors put them into costume and watched their interaction. ``Channing plays the reality of the moment, and that's the best thing you can do as a comedian, says Lord. ``It also happens to be how Jonah likes to work - a lot of his comedy comes from character and situation. It's less about super-funny jokes and more about what's funny in the moment right now, so it ends up working beautifully.
Tatum's character, Jenko, is the living opposite of Hill's Schmidt. ``They went to high school together, and the first time around, Jenko was the popular kid, the jock who got the girls, says Tatum. ``When they go back, they find that everything has changed in 10 years. It used to be all about picking on kids, being a bully, sleeping through class. Now everyone's a vegan, running their cars on vegetable oil... they're into everything that Jenko thinks is BS. Jenko ends up hanging around with the nerds, and for the first time, sees that all the stuff that nerds do - learning - is actually cool.
The fact that they are opposites is one of the reasons they work so well together, according to Hill. ``Even a two-shot of us is funny, because we're such different types - you wonder how we even met each other, let alone became best friends. It was clear right from the table read that the two of us would work well together - Channing surpassed all of my expectations of how cool and talented he is.
``One of the things about Jenko - I think if you asked him why he wanted to be a cop, he wouldn't have an answer. I'm guessing he just watched a lot of cop movies and thought it would be really cool, says Tatum. In a way, Tatum and his character had similar childhoods. ``My friends and I would get an old Civic, one guy would drive it and the other would roll across the hood, to see who could do the fastest one. I don't think Jonah did that kind of stupid stuff.
``Channing told this crazy story about hanging with his buddies from childhood - they partied really hard, then went out to the desert and shot guns, and then they all got tattoos, and then they went over to another friend's house and scared him, and then they all got crazy together, says Lord. ``I said, 'Wow, when did this happen?' and he said, 'Saturday.' I love this guy - he is Jenko.
Brie Larson leads the supporting roles as Molly. Though Hill's character, Schmidt, was too nerdy to date girls when he was in high school, he discovers that today, nerd is the new cool. The girls - especially Molly, played by Brie Larson - go for him.
In guiding the character of Molly, the directors wanted more than a cheerleader type, but a girl who stands out from the crowd. It was important that she become someone that the audience loves not just because she's beautiful, but because there's something extra to her. ``You meet Brie and you know there's a lot happening there, says Miller. ``She's a great comedic talent and a terrific actor, but what sets her apart is a unique personal style and attitude that you just don't find in many young women.
Molly is in a semi-open but unfulfilling relationship with Eric, the drug dealer played by Dave Franco. She has been through many disappointments in her life and feels she can't really count on anyone. Schmidt changes all that; when she gets to know him, she starts to think that maybe he's a guy she can trust. What she doesn't know, of course, is that he's an undercover cop who's lying to her.
``Our characters are in the school play together - he's Peter Pan and she's Wendy, Larson explains. ``They have a moment when they gaze into each other's eyes and realize there's something special between them. Later, when the truth comes out, she doesn't take it too well.
Dave Franco plays a pivotal role as Eric, who sets most of the plot in motion. ``Eric is dealing a new drug at his high school, which is the reason why Schmidt and Jenko are going undercover - they have to find out the source of this drug so they can eradicate it, says Miller.
Casting Dave Franco in the role was another way the film could contrast how high school has changed since Schmidt and Jenko's first time around. ``Dave Franco is essentially the perfect man, says Lord. ``He's a nice, compact Greek/Roman-sized person - the girls go crazy for him. The cool kids nowadays are not the same from a teen movie from the 1980s - Eric drives Jenko nuts because he's so cool.
``We saw a lot of people, but I knew we had to cast Davey, because he's the one guy I kept trying to impress. I already had the part and I'm trying to impress the guy who's auditioning, make him think I'm cool, says Hill. ``That's exactly what we wanted for the part.
It was important to all of the filmmakers to make Franco's character well-rounded. ``Everyone should be a hero in their own narrative, says Lord. ``I always thought that the character shouldn't be an evil thug. The kids I knew in high school who were dealing drugs were kids who were making messed-up choices - they weren't evil, they were funny or charming or interesting, and had you known them, you'd have good things to say about them. We thought this was a good opportunity to show a grounded, real person who happened to be dealing drugs.
With that in mind, the filmmakers and Franco focused on the character's concern for the environment. ``You have the cool guy talking about composting and finding ways to conserve water, but at the same time he's dealing drugs, says Franco. ``I felt it was a new take on the character. It was a lot of fun because I wasn't playing a straight jerk. He's full of it, but he's also charming - you get to see the more vulnerable side to the character.
For the role of Mr. Walters, the gym teacher, the filmmakers had one reason for selecting Rob Riggle: ``We cast him because he's the funniest guy you'll ever meet, says Miller.
``Rob is an athletic guy, like Channing - he was in the Marines, says Lord. ``The thing that's so great about Rob is that in real life, he's always so happy to be doing what he's doing. That translates directly to his characters - the way he plays them, his characters are just so psyched to be wherever they are. And that certainly applies to his gym teacher, Mr. Walters. It's a great energy.
``He's a pretty amiable guy, says Riggle of his character. ``He coaches track, looks after the kids, teaches a sex ed class now and then. He loves Jenko because he is just beautiful, a fabulous specimen, and hates Schmidt, because he is not beautiful and screws up the track team.
Rounding out the lead cast is Ice Cube as the leader of the Jump Street unit, Captain Dickson. ``My least favorite people in high school were the narcs, but now here we are, says Ice Cube. ``I play Capt. Dickson - the hard-nosed, hard-talking captain who puts Schmidt and Jenko on the assignment and makes their lives a living hell. My spin on it is not just to be yelling all the time, but to have those peaks and valleys and hit the funny points - balance the over-the-top angry police captain with the jokes in the script - it's very well-written, very funny.
``Captain Dickson is a guy who would scare the piss out of you, but still somebody you want to please really badly, Lord says, explaining why Ice Cube is perfect for the role. ``Ice Cube happens to intimidate the hell out of me - and it's all self-induced; it's something about his eyebrows. He's actually a really nice person, super friendly and very smart. It was a childhood dream to meet him. What do you call him? Mr. Cube? Ice?
Ice Cube was excited to join the project by the prospect of re-teaming with Neal H. Moritz. ``I've known Neal for many years now, over a decade, he explains. ``I was in a few films he produced - Torque and XXX: State of the Union. I love working with him and this movie is right in his wheelhouse - it's funny and furious.
Of course, there's only so much that a guy like Ice Cube can relate to the story of 21 Jump Street. What would he possibly want to change about his high school experience? ``My senior year, I quit playing football to concentrate on music, he remembers. ``If I went back, I would play my senior year of football. But that's it. I was one of the coolest kids at my school - I don't have to change that part.
ABOUT THE CAST
JONAH HILL (Schmidt/Story by/Executive Producer) has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents, due in part to his dynamic evolution from laugh-out-loud comedy star to Golden Globe, SAG, and Academy Award(R) nominee for Best Supporting Actor in 2011 for his role in Moneyball, in which he starred opposite Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Moneyball follows Major League Baseball manager Billy Beane (Pitt) as he successfully builds a baseball team using computer-generated analysis to draft the most cost effective players. Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote) for Columbia Pictures, the film received adoration from film critics across the country and was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama and for the Oscar(R) for Best Picture.
2010 was a transitory year in Hill's career, breaking free from typecast comedy characters and taking on a more serious role starring as the title character in the indie comedy Cyrus, directed and written by Jay and Mark Duplass. Hill played the son of Marisa Tomei (Molly) who psychologically holds his mother back from dating John, played by John C. Reilly. The film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to glowing reviews and was nominated for a BFCA award for Best Comedy Movie.
Hill's starring role opposite Michael Cera in the acclaimed hit Superbad, produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Greg Mottola and written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, was the first film to really put the actor on the comedy map. Since then, Hill has become a mainstay in the Apatow clan, starring in the Apatow-produced summer comedies Get Him to the Greek in 2010, Funny People in 2009, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008. Hill's first appearance under Apatow Productions was in The 40-Year-Old Virgin in 2005.
Hill has also lent his voice for the DreamWorks Animation films Megamind and How to Train Your Dragon, which grossed $322 million and $495 million globally, respectively. A sequel for Dragon has been confirmed for 2014. Hill also voiced the character Tommy in Dr. Suess' Horton Hears a Who!, which took in $297 million worldwide.
Hill most recently wrapped Neighborhood Watch opposite Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. The comedy centers around a group of fathers who have started a neighborhood watch team, only to discover what they are protecting their neighborhood from is really a much larger plot to destroy the entire Earth. The film is set to release on July 27th for 20th Century Fox.
The ambitious and hard-working 28-year-old recently got his feet wet in the world of directing. In 2011, he directed the Sara Bareilleis music video, ``Gonna Get Over You. He also co-wrote, created and voiced the title character in the critically acclaimed animated series ``Allen Gregory for Fox Television in 2011.
Hill continues to confirm his place among a new generation of multi-hyphenated writer/actors, currently co-writing The Adventurer's Handbook in which he will also co-star with Jason Segel. He is also writing Pure Imagination, an Apatow-produced comedy that he will also executive produce. Hill recently served as an associate producer on the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Bruno and as an executive producer of The Sitter.
Hill began his career performing one-scene plays that he wrote and performed at the gritty Black and White bar in New York City. After landing a role in David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees with Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin, his career quickly took off.
CHANNING TATUM (Jenko/Executive Producer) is one of Hollywood's most sought after young actors and has established himself among the next generation of leading men.
Tatum most recently starred in Steven Soderbergh's spy thriller Haywire opposite Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Michael Douglas, and in the romantic drama The Vow, opposite Rachel McAdams. Both films are now in release.
Tatum will next star in the Warner Bros. film Magic Mike directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. The film was produced by Tatum and his Iron Horse productions partner Reid Carolin, who also wrote the script. Other producers include Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs and Steven Soderbergh. The film centers around the world in which Channing Tatum experienced while he was a stripper at eighteen years old. The film will be released on June 29, 2012.
Tatum will also be seen in Ten Year, a film which he produced alongside producing partner Reid Carolin and their Iron Horse production company. The movie follows Tatum's character to his High School Reunion as he tries to decide whether or not he wants to propose to his girlfriend. Also in the film are Jenna Dewan, Rosario Dawson, Lynn Collins, Kate Mara, Anna Faris, Brian Geraghty, Justin Long and Chris Pratt. The film was screened at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and will be released by Anchor Bay in Spring 2012.
Tatum's other recent credits include the crime thriller The Son of No One, in which he starred opposite Al Pacino and Katie Holmes. The film premiered at Sundance in January 2011 and was released on November 4, 2011.
In 2011, Tatum starred in the Roman epic adventure The Eagle, directed by Academy Award(R) winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Tatum starred opposite Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland.
In 2010, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Seyfried in the Sony Screen Gems box office hit, Dear John, based on the adaptation of the Nicolas Sparks (The Notebook) bestseller. He played a soldier on leave from the army when he meets and falls in love with a young woman (Seyfried). Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) directed the adapted script by Jamie Linden. The film has grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide.
In August 2009, Tatum was seen in Paramount Pictures Box office hit, G.I. Joe directed by Stephen Sommers. Tatum starred opposite Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. He will reprise his role in G.I. Joe 2, which will be released on June 29, 2012.
In April 2009, Tatum starred opposite Terrance Howard in the Universal/Rogue Pictures film, Fighting, directed by Dito Montiel. Tatum starred as Sean Arthur, a young man struggling to survive on the streets of New York when he is discovered by a veteran street hustler (Howard) and lured into a dangerous world of underground street fighting.
In March 2008, Tatum starred in the Paramount Pictures drama Stop/Loss by critically acclaimed director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry) and producer Scott Rudin.
In 2006, Tatum received an Independent Spirit nomination and a Gotham Award nomination for his powerful role in the independent film A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, which won the Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance as well as the dramatic directing award for Dito Montiel at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Dito Montiel and was based on Montiel's 2003 memoir of the same title. This powerful coming-of-age drama takes place in 1980's Astoria and follows Montiel's impoverished and violent life from his youth (portrayed by Shia LaBeouf) to adulthood (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.). His father is portrayed by Chazz Palminteri and Tatum plays the role of 'Antonio', Dito's best friend.
In March 2006, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Bynes in the Dreamworks film, She's the Man. This film is directed by Andy Fickman and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.
In August 2006, Tatum starred in the box office hit, Step Up, directed by Anne Fletcher and produced by Adam Shankman. The film centers around Tyler Gage, played by Tatum, a street smart juvenile delinquent who gets sentenced to community service at a high school for the performing arts.
Tatum was born in Alabama and grew up in Florida. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenna Dewan.
BRIE LARSON (Molly) starred as Toni Collett's rebellious daughter Kate, on Showtime's hit series, ``United States of Tara, which was created by Academy Award(R)-winning writer Diablo Cody and based on an original idea by Steven Spielberg.
In feature films Larson most recently appeared in Oren Moverman's Rampart, with Woody Harrelson and Robin Wright. She also appeared Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Noah Baumbach's Greenberg as well as the independent films East Fifth Bliss, opposite Michael C. Hall, the coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall and the dark comedy Just Peck starring Marcia Cross and Kier Gilchrist. She earned critical praise for her role in the independent feature Remember the Daze.
A native of Sacramento, Larson started studying drama age 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She recently appeared on stage at the Williamstown Theater Festival as Emily Webb in Thornton Wilder's ``Our Town.
In addition to working as an actress, Larson has simultaneously nurtured her writing and directing skills, co-directing and co-writing the short, ``The Arm which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and took home The Special Jury Award for Comedic Storytelling.
DAVE FRANCO (Eric) recently starred in the DreamWorks horror film Fright Night, as well as in the Funny or Die web series, ``Acting with James Franco. The first installment in the series ``Sense Memory is one of the most viewed videos on Funny or Die, attracting over 120,000 views in its first month. Franco also wrote and starred in his own Funny or Die video, ``You're so Hot, featuring Christopher Mintz-Plasse, which garnered over one million hits. Franco followed up with ``Go F--- Yourself, which has reached nearly 800,000 hits to date. Franco also starred with Emma Roberts in the MTV Super Video for Cults' ``Go Outside, which has been seen my more than 500,000 viewers online. An avid writer, Franco began writing well before he became involved in acting.
Franco was a series regular on the ABC network hit ``Scrubs. His other television credits include FOX's ``Do Not Disturb, the hit ABC Family comedy ``Greek and most recently, ``Privileged on The CW.
Franco recently wrapped production on the horror thriller Warm Bodies opposite Nicholas Holt and John Malkovich and is currently in production on Now You See Me, starring Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, and Morgan Freeman; both projects are for Summit. He was seen in the Noah Baumbach film Greenberg which starred Ben Stiller and in Charlie St. Cloud. His other feature film credits include Superbad, Gus Van Sant's Milk and The Shortcut.
Franco also wrote and stars in the short film Would You, which has been accepted into this year's SXSW Film Festival.
In addition to acting, Franco continues to pursue writing and has completed a number of scripts. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
ROB RIGGLE (Mr. Walters) has been a staple in comedic films for over 15 years. In addition to his performance in 21 Jump Street, Riggle's voice may also currently be heard in the animated film Dr. Seuss's The Lorax, as the misguided yet charismatic villain, O'Hare. The film, adapted from the beloved Dr. Seuss book, is now in release.
Riggle is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like The Hangover, where he played Officer Franklin, one of the cops who gets his vengeance on the groomsmen after they steal his patrol car. He is also known for his four year stint as a correspondent on the multiple Emmy Award-winning show ``The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has appeared in comedy classics such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys, along with Larry Crowne opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
Riggle began his comedy career in 1997 in New York City while still on active duty in the Marine Corps. Like many comedy greats before him he got his start at Upright Citizens Brigade where he started as a student and eventually taught classes. Riggle's efforts at UCB eventually earned him a spot on the comedy mecca ``Saturday Night Live, fulfilling one of his lifelong dreams.
While Riggle has made audiences around the world laugh with his comedic talents, he also has served as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Initially joining the Marine Corps at the age of 19 in 1990, Riggle rose through the ranks and has served in various countries including Albania, Liberia, and Afghanistan. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in April 2009, Riggle is still a member of the Marine Corps Reserves today. He has served 22 years total, 9 years active duty, 13 years in the reserves.
Rob Riggle was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended Shawnee Mission South High School and went to college at the University of Kansas, where he developed his love for the Jayhawks. He graduated with a B.A. in Theater & Film and later received a Masters in Public Administration. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 children.
ICE CUBE (Capt. Dickson) is unquestionably one of the most dynamic forces in both film and music. Starting his career in the ground breaking and controversial rap group NWA and breaking out as the group's first platinum selling solo artist, Ice Cube seamlessly transitioned to movie star status with his debut in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood. To date, his films have generated over a billion dollars at the box office and his albums have sold over 10 million copies.
He recently starred opposite Woody Harrelson in Rampart for director Oren Moverman (The Messenger). He also starred opposite Keke Palmer in The Longshots, based on the true story of 11-year-old Jasmine Plummer, honor student and national wrestling champion who became the first female to play quarterback in the Pop Warner football tournament in 2003.
The Longshots debuted the same week as the release of his eighth solo album, ``Raw Footage, which debuted 1 on the US Rap and R&B charts. These releases also came within days of completion of Janky Promoters, which Cube not only starred in, but also wrote the screenplay and produced. Earlier in 2008, he produced and starred with Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan in the hit comedy, First Sunday, directed by David E. Talbert for Screen Gems.
An acclaimed actor, Cube began his transition to the other side of the camera when he wrote, produced and starred in the 1995 cult hit Friday. The now classic comedy spawned a successful franchise with the release of Next Friday in 2000 and Friday After Next in 2002. The Friday franchise has generated around $200 million with combined theatrical, home video, soundtrack and DVD revenues to date.
Another acting coup came for Cube with the critically acclaimed Three Kings, in which he starred with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. He received excellent reviews for his performance in the film, which was picked as one of the Ten Best Films of 1999 by Time, Newsweek and the National Board of Review. Other film credits include xXx: State of the Union, Joseph Kahn's Torque, Anaconda, Trespass, The Glass Shield, Higher Learning and Dangerous Ground.
Cube heads his own production company, Cube Vision, through which he has produced or executive produced nine films. In addition to the Friday series, they include Barbershop 2: Back To Business, the sequel to the original film Barbershop, both of which he starred in for MGM, as well as Beauty Shop, starring Queen Latifah. Cube Vision also produced The Players Club, which marked Cube's directorial debut.
In 2003, Cube Vision signed a deal with Revolution Studios (and Columbia Pictures) with its first release being the family comedy Are We There Yet?, in which Cube produced and starred. The film grossed over $80 million domestically followed by the 2007 release of Are We Done Yet?, which grossed over $50 million. In 2010, the television series ``Are We There Yet? began airing on TBS, with Cube as the executive producer.
As his presence in the film world has increased, Ice Cube has remained prolific in the music realm. His thriving music career includes the double-platinum success of Volumes 1 and 2 of his double album, ``War and Peace. As a solo artist, Cube has recorded such hit albums as ``Lethal Injection, ``Bootlegs & B-Sides, ``The Predator, and ``Amerikkka's Most Wanted. The blockbuster release of ``Laugh Now, Cry Later, the first album Ice Cube released on his own Lench Mob Records, was the most successful independent hip-hop release of 2006.
As if Cube's film and music career does not keep him busy enough, in 2007 he partnered with the prestigious McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota to establish an annual music scholarship. The Ice Cube Scholarship is awarded to one student annually in the music technology department. Ice Cube personally selects each winner based on the creativity, talent and skill in developing a song based on elements he provides them with. Also in 2007, Ice Cube and long time collaborator DJ Pooh announced the launch of UVNTV.com, the world's first real-time streaming television network online.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
PHIL LORD (Director) is most known for co-writing and co-directing the Sony Pictures Animation feature Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. The film, which Lord adapted with his longtime friend Christopher Miller, is loosely based on the beloved children's book of the same name. Lord and Miller's unique comic sensibilities earned the film a Golden Globe and Critics Choice nomination for Best Animated Feature along with four Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
The duo has begun directing the animated adventure-comedy feature film, Lego: The Piece of Resistance for Warner Bros.
Lord and Miller's collaboration started when they met at Dartmouth College. The two contend it was a comical misunderstanding that landed them a job developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to their stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In 2002, they executive produced, wrote, and directed the short-lived but highly talked about animated series Clone High on MTV. The series was critically acclaimed for its well-developed and unique personalities as well as for its witty, fast-paced dialogue, but is probably best known for causing a hunger strike in India and being quickly cancelled. Lord voiced the characters of Principal Scudworth, Genghis Khan, and Geldhemoor, the Humkeycorn.
CHRISTOPHER MILLER (Director) is most known for co-writing and co-directing the Sony Pictures Animation feature Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs. The film, which Miller adapted with his longtime friend Phil Lord, is loosely based on the beloved children's book of the same name. Lord and Miller's unique comic sensibilities earned the film a Golden Globe and Critics Choice nomination for Best Animated Feature along with four Annie Award nominations for excellence in animation, including Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
The duo has begun directing the animated adventure-comedy feature film, Lego: The Piece of Resistance for Warner Bros.
Miller and Lord's collaboration started when they met at Dartmouth College. The two contend it was a mistake that landed them a job developing Saturday morning cartoons for the Walt Disney Company, which led to their stint developing primetime animated shows for Touchstone Television. In 2002, they executive produced, wrote, and directed the short-lived but highly talked about animated series Clone High on MTV. The series was critically acclaimed for its well-developed and unique personalities as well as for its witty, fast-paced dialogue, but is probably best known for causing a hunger strike in India and being quickly cancelled. Miller voiced the characters of John F. Kennedy and Mr. Butlertron.
Among their television writing credits, Miller and Lord served as co-executive producers on How I Met Your Mother, the Emmy-winning primetime sitcom that began airing on CBS in September of 2005; and executive producers of many failed pilots including Awesometown, featuring the comedy troupe The Lonely Island, and Phil Hendrie featuring the radio genius of the same name. The team also worked as consulting producers on Jake in Progress and Cracking Up, supervising producers on Method & Red and Luis, and staff writers on Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane.
While still pursuing his education, Miller received the 1998 New England Film and Video Festival Awards prize for his animated short, Sleazy Goes to France. He also served as editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth College campus humor magazine, The Jack-O-Lantern.
Miller is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington. He left there to attend Dartmouth College, where he found a lifelong friend in Phil Lord while obtaining a degree in government and studio art: three achievements, two of which are useful to his career.
MICHAEL BACALL (Story by / Screenplay by) is a multi-talented screenwriter, penning original works and adaptations that span multiple genres. Screenwriter of the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic), Bacall has a deft touch for intelligent, humorous storytelling and a penchant for exploring the dark side of human behavior. He also recently scripted the film Project X, now in release.
He got his start as an actor, playing Arturo Bandini in the Coppola-produced adaptation of John Fante's Wait Until Spring Bandini. Bacall also appeared as a child in classic television shows such as ``The A-Team and ``Columbo. Writing a role for himself opposite Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in Manic provided an exciting transition into screenwriting.
Most recently, Bacall has appeared in Inglourious Basterds, Death Proof, and Undertow. He can soon be spotted in Django Unchained and The Gangster Squad.
Bacall is currently adapting Neal Bascomb's The New Cool for Scott Rudin and recently adapted Richard Aleas' Little Girl Lost, a pitch black update of the iconic American detective, for Marc Platt Productions at Universal. Todd Phillips will produce his original screenplay Psycho Funky Chimp, a battle royale between two obsessive collectors over the rarest of all Pez dispensers. Bacall is developing The Untitled Les Grossman Project with Red Hour Productions for Paramount, based on the Tom Cruise character from the popular film Tropic Thunder.
NEAL H. MORITZ (Producer), founder of Original Film, has been producing feature film and television for over three decades. His latest release, Fast 5, the fifth installation of The Fast and the Furious franchise, brought the return of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese and introduces Dwayne ``The Rock Johnson to the team. The film opened to over $86 million and grossed over $626 million worldwide.
Moritz is currently in post production on Warner Bros.' Jack the Giant Killer directed by Bryan Singer and Total Recall directed by Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) starring Colin Farrell, as well as Universal Pictures' R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon.
2012 will be a busy year for the Original Film banner. Production on the sixth and seventh installments of the Fast and Furious franchise begin this summer as well as the IM Global-financed Dead Man Down starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, directed by Neils Arden Opvel ( The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Swedish trilogy). Summit Entertainment's remake of Highlander is also slated to begin production this year with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo helming.
With over 40 films to Moritz's credit, past titles include The Change-Up, Battle: Los Angeles, The Green Hornet, The Fast and Furious series, I Am Legend, XXX, S.W.A.T., Made of Honor, Gridiron Gang, Bounty Hunter, Evan Almighty, Sweet Home Alabama, Click, Vantage Point, Out of Time, Blue Streak, Cruel Intentions, I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Skulls, Volcano, Urban Legend, and Juice. Original Film's box office is north of 2 billion worldwide.
Moritz' television credits include the HBO movie The Rat Pack, which earned 11 Emmy nominations, the drama series Prison Break for Twentieth Century Fox, and Showtime's highly acclaimed series The Big C, starring Laura Linney, who won a Golden Globe in 2011 for her role of Cathy.
A graduate of UCLA with a degree in Economics, Moritz went on to get a graduate degree from the Peter Stark Motion Picture Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
An Emmy and People's Choice award-winning writer/producer and Chairman of Cannell Studios, STEPHEN J. CANNELL (Producer / Based on the Television Series Created By) was one of the most prolific writers in television history. In a highly successful career that spanned three decades, he created or co-created more than 40 shows, of which he scripted more than 450 episodes and produced or executive produced more than 1,500 episodes. His hits included ``The Rockford Files, ``Greatest American Hero, ``The A-Team, ``Hunter, ``Riptide, ``Hardcastle & McCormick, ``21 Jump Street, ``Wiseguy, ``The Commish, ``Profit, and the hit syndicated shows ``Renegade and ``Silk Stalkings. As an actor, he had recurring roles on ``Renegade and ABC-TV's hit series, ``Castle.
Before his untimely death, he was producing a slate of independent films as well as feature films of Cannell TV shows including 21 Jump Street and The Greatest American Hero as well as The A-Team, which was released in theaters worldwide in June, 2010.
After selling his studio Stephen Cannell became the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Shane Scully series, which includes The Prostitute's Ball, The Pallbearers, On The Grind, Three Shirt Deal, White Sister, Cold Hit, Vertical Coffin, Hollywood Tough, The Viking Funeral, and The Tin Collectors. The newest installment, Vigilante, was released by St. Martin's Press on December 6, 2011. Additionally, Cannell was the author of At First Sight, Runaway Heart, The Devil's Workshop, Riding the Snake, King Con, Final Victim, and The Plan.
An unstoppable creative force, Cannell was also a savvy businessman. In 1979, he formed his own independent production company, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, in order to achieve creative control over material he was writing and producing. Seven years later, he formed The Cannell Studios to oversee all aspects of the organization's operations. Having surpassed the $1 billion mark in production outlays, the studio experienced remarkable growth and diversification in such areas as production (films, mini-series, and commercials), merchandising, several television stations, and first-run/off-network programming. Stephen J. Cannell Productions still owns the worldwide distribution rights to more than 1,000 hours of Cannell-produced series and TV movies.
Writer-producer-director PATRICK HASBURGH (Based on the Television Series Created By) began his career as a staff writer and Story Editor for ABC's hit television series ``The Greatest American Hero starring Bill Katt and Robert Culp. He also developed and was a producer on NBC's blockbuster ``The A-Team along with his colleagues Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo, writing a number of that series' initial episodes. Hasburgh was the co-creator, executive producer and showrunner of ``Hardcastle & McCormick, a solid three-year hit series for ABC starring Brian Keith; Hasburgh wrote more than half of the series' episodes. Hasburgh also wrote and Executive produced the ABC MOW ``Destination America, starring Bruce Greenwood and Rip Torn.
``21 Jump Street, the FOX Network's first hit series and a five year success was also written and created by Hasburgh. Hasburgh was the sole author of the pilot script and he served as the series' executive producer, head writer and showrunner and is credited with launching the career of the enormously talented Johnny Depp. Following Jump Street, Hasburgh created, wrote and was the executive producer of ``Glory Days, a FOX miniseries starring Brad Pitt as well as another ABC series, ``Sunset Beat, starring George Clooney; both series were owned and produced by Patrick Hasburgh Productions.
Hasburgh wrote and directed Aspen Extreme for Hollywood Pictures/Disney; a cult classic and ski season perennial. Hasburgh was the executive producer, along with Steven Spielberg, on NBC's ``seaQuest, starring Roy Schieder; joining the series as head writer and showrunner mid-way through the first season. More recently, Hasburgh was the executive producer on ``The Net for the USA Television Network. Hasburgh has produced more than 300 hundred hours of network television and has had more than one-hundred original scripts produced.
Hasburgh's first novel, Aspen Pulp, was published in 2005 by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press and was optioned by HBO; Hasburgh wrote the pilot script for the series.
In 2008 Patrick wrote the pilot script for ``Adam First, a television series for The CBC. In August of 2010 Patrick sold the pilot script ``Aspen Confidential to FOX TV Studios. Hasburgh is currently developing the sequel to Aspen Extreme and working on his second novel.
Hasburgh is married to Cheri Lee Jensen Hasburgh, a Vancouver native he met while filming the ``Jump Street pilot in Vancouver. Their daughter, Jensen Grace, was born July 5, 2001 in Aspen, CO. Their son, Wheeler Erickson, was born in Invermere, BC, December 20, 2005. The Hasburghs live full time in Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. They surf every day.
EZRA SWERDLOW (Executive Producer) has amassed a distinguished production career that spans over the past 30 years, working alongside such iconic directors as Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Sydney Pollack, Mike Nichols, Barry Levinson and Mel Brooks.
His most recent credits are Curtis Hanson's critically acclaimed financial docudrama ``Too Big To Fail, starring William Hurt, Paul Giamatti and Billy Crudup, Sony's CGI/ live-action hybrid movie The Smurfs, horror comedy Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, as well as the instant Disney classic Enchanted starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden. He also served as executive producer on Invincible, starring Mark Walhberg.
Swerdlow began his career in 1980, serving as a unit manager on Woody Allen's Stardust Memories. He spent the next few years working in a variety of production capacities (including location manager, unit manager and production manager) on such renowned films as Tootsie, Arthur and King of Comedy, before earning his inaugural producing credit on Allen's Radio Days.
His diverse portfolio clearly shows that he's not afraid of tackling different genres such as the successful adaptation of Terry McMillan's bestseller, Waiting to Exhale, which he not only produced but also developed. He has also served as executive producer on such commercial and critical hits as Wag the Dog, Head of State, The First Wives Club and Secret Window starring Johnny Depp.
TANIA LANDAU (Executive Producer) joined Original Film in 2003. She has since overseen such projects for the dynamic company as the 2006 successful comedy Click, as well as executive producing Vantage Point and Made of Honor.
The British native came to Los Angeles in the mid-1990s. Landau first worked at New Line Cinema under Michael De Luca, and later teamed with producer Mark Gordon, for whom she helped set up Casanova, starring Heath Ledger.
BARRY PETERSON csc (Director of Photography) previously served as director of photography on Jumper, Starsky & Hutch, Hollywood Homicide, Dark Blue, and Zoolander.
PETER WENHAM (Production Designer) started his career as an art director, and was supervising art director on The Bourne Supremacy. His additional credits in this capacity include such richly detailed films as Blood Diamond, The Queen and Kinky Boots. He made the jump to production designer with the television project ``Four Fathers and went on to serve as production designer of The Bourne Ultimatum. He most recently designed the Neal H. Moritz productions Fast Five and Battle: Los Angeles.
Wenham's credits as art director include the British television series ``Poirot, as well as the films Firelight, Basil and Circus, and the Hornblower television movies including Hornblower: Mutiny, Hornblower: Loyalty and Hornblower: Duty.
JOEL NEGRON (Editor) most recently edited Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen for director Michael Bay, The Karate Kid for director Harald Zwart, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor for director Rob Cohen.
Negron's other credits include editing the gritty, inspirational film Gridiron Gang, starring Dwayne ``The Rock Johnson, directed by Phil Joanou. He was also the editor on Warner Bros.' remake of the classic film House of Wax, for producer Joel Silver, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, and the action film xXx, also for Cohen.
Negron started his career as a first assistant editor on James Cameron's True Lies, then went on to four consecutive films with director Tim Burton, starting with Mars Attacks! and moving up to be credited as film editor and additional editor on Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, and Radio.
Negron has amassed an impressive list of editing credits working with producer Jerry Bruckheimer on such blockbusters as Gone in Sixty Seconds, directed by Dominic Sena; Enemy of the State, directed by Tony Scott; and Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, both directed by Michael Bay.
At an early age, Negron worked for his father, production illustrator-designer David Negron, preparing storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
LEAH KATZNELSON (Costume Designer) has enjoyed experiences on both feature films and television shows. Her film projects include: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Big Momma's House 3, Like Father, Like Son and The Sitter.
MARK MOTHERSBAUGH (Music), an Emmy Award winning composer, has written the music for more than 70 film and television projects. He first came to prominence in the music world in the 1970s as lead singer and keyboard player of the progressive new wave/rock band DEVO, who released a series of highly eclectic and satirical albums including ``Are We Not Men? and ``Freedom of Choice.
In the mid-1980s, Mothersbaugh began to write music for commercials, receiving a Clio award for his work. He then composed music for numerous television projects, including the memorable theme song and underscore for ``Pee-Wee's Playhouse. He then scored the popular children's series ``Rugrats. He also wrote the music for the hugely successful The Rugrats Movie.
In 1996, Mothersbaugh met Wes Anderson and scored the filmmaker's critically acclaimed Bottle Rocket. He wrote the music for Anderson's Rushmore starring Bill Murray and The Royal Tenenbaums starring Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston and Owen Wilson. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou marked Mothersbaugh's fourth collaboration with Anderson.
Mothersbaugh's other feature film credits include Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen, Joe and Anthony Russo's Welcome to Collinwood, starring George Clooney, Happy Gilmore, starring Adam Sandler, 200 Cigarettes, and The New Age, from director Michael Tolkin and producer Oliver Stone, and Ramona and Beezus. His most recent work includes Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and the thriller, Safe House, starring Denzel Washington. .
Mothersbaugh was the recipient of BMI's distinguished Richard Kirk Lifetime Achievement Award. Recent television credits include HBO's ``Big Love, and Syfy's Eureka.
Further extending his musical palate, Mothersbaugh has scored numerous video games including ``The Sims.
Mothersbaugh is a world-renowned artist who cites Andy Warhol as inspiration. His paintings and drawings have been shown in galleries around the world. He continues to perform with DEVO, which has had resurgence in recent years. The group has played concerts across the country including Central Park in New York last summer.
Mothersbaugh was born in Ohio and studied at Kent State University.
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