Actor will help develop film adaptation of series

Jonah Hill is in negotiations to develop a modern-day adaptation of “21 Jump Street” for Columbia Pictures.

The smallscreen property, which aired from 1987-91 on Fox and starred Johnny Depp, revolved around a group of young cops who worked undercover in high schools and colleges.

The “Superbad” thesp would develop the screenplay as a potential starring vehicle and serve as executive producer.

Neal Moritz will produce the film with Stephen J. Cannell, who co-created and exec produced the series.

Hill, who can be seen onscreen in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” next co-stars in the comedy “This Side of the Truth” and has a voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon.” He is attached to star in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy “Get Him to the Greek” for Universal and director Nick Stoller.

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