The All-Female 21 Jump Street Spinoff Is Being Written by a Dude

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Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street Image Courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment

There is very little certainty when it comes to Hollywood these days. Conversely, it's not uncommon to see sequels, spinoffs, and other new iterations of box-office-battle-tested properties appearing in our theaters and on our screens. So of course it makes sense that an all-female spinoff of the Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum 21 Jump Street film franchise is in development; after all, the films did well and "all-female" is a hot twist on the classic "mostly dudes" formula we're used to seeing employed in, well, most films, and definitely most action-comedy-genre films. But one's excitement at the prospect of such a spinoff might be a little tempered by the news that the script for said iteration is being written by a dude. Namely, Rodney Rothman, who wrote the 22 Jump Street script; this puts the kibosh on earlier reports that Broad City writers were penning the film.

Rothman, of course, knows the world and the story, and look — we're sure he'll do great. But would it hurt, if you're looking to tell a story starring two women, for those women to be created by a female writer? Women need film work! We are not ready to direct Star Wars films and too not-a-man to be in most TV writers rooms! C'mon, throw us a bone, like you'd chivalrously throw a coat over a puddle, Hollywood. We're waiting.