Jonah Hill chats Jump Street

“I wouldn't make it if it wouldn't be awesome.”

So says Jonah Hill of his upcoming big screen version of classic TV series 21 Jump Street .

Talking with Coming Soon , the actor revealed that the film – in which he stars and executive produces – should begin shooting sometime this year.

In December, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were confirmed as the flick’s directors, having enjoyed success with the not-particularly-cop-oriented Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs .

“They are incredible. Their take on the movie is incredible,” says Hill.

Set in high school, the film follows young rookie cops who re-enter the classroom in order to keep tabs on youth crime.

The original series starred Johnny Depp, but Hill says he won’t be playing the bigwig’s original character.

He said: “[Audiences are] not expecting what it's going to be. It's not a parody of the show. I'm not playing Johnny Depp's character… It's a group of people that go back to high school to deal with a drug problem. To deal with crime in high school.

“It's a funny movie with a lot of great action and a real story. I've been saying that it's like a John Hughes movie with Bad Boys style action.”

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