21 Jump St tops US Box Office
A big screen version of the popular 1980’s American TV show 21 Jump St has jumped to the top of the North American Box Office charts after its first weekend of release grossing around $35 million. It knocked 3D animation The Lorax into 2nd place after 2 weeks in the top spot. The original TV version helped launch the career of Johnny Depp, who has gone on to star in a number of blockbuster films including Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands.
The TV series ran for 5 seasons between 1987 and 1991 and the plot centred round young police officers who went undercover in schools and colleges investigating the typical issues of the time including drug trafficking, hate crimes, alcoholism, AIDS and Homophobia. Each show always resulted in moral message being delivered to viewers about the impact of a particular issue.
The movie version of 2012, featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, differs slightly from the original to move with the times and appeal to a young audience. Described as an action comedy, it follows the story of bumbling police officers sent back to school to try and infiltrate a drugs gang while struggling to maintain their cover. Johnny Depp returns to make a brief cameo as his original character alongside former stars Holly Robinson and Peter DeLuise.