Channing Tatum is a bit of an interesting case among Hollywood stars, in that despite his obvious star power, there’s just something about him that doesn’t seem to fit celebrity status. Of course, hardcore fans of Tatum’s will know that growing up he was a star athlete in a number of sports, and those who bothered reading into the inspiration for “Magic Mike” are aware that Tatum even worked briefly as a male stripper growing up.
All things considered, if you read a biography of Tatum’s early life, it’s hard to imagine much more than at typical meathead. It’s easy to picture him simply becoming a high school football coach, perhaps doing some personal training on the side and spending weekends watching sports. You could also picture him as something like a gambling enthusiast, spending his days competing online against opponents at BetFair, earning spare cash in a wide variety of gaming options. Online gambling money, which could be won at Betfair through jackpots, cards, or even arcade play (all feasible from Meathead Tatum’s studio apartment) could supplement a nighttime bar keeping schedule, and long story short you’d have a pretty typical lifestyle of someone with Tatum’s childhood.
Yet neither of these pseudo-stereotypical visions accurately depict what ended up happening with Tatum. Somewhere along the line he became, not just a film actor, but a relative movie star with an undeniable star quality and a particular gift for, of all things, comedy. “Meathead” comedians are actually quite trendy these days if you think about it – The Rock, Mark Wahlberg, and really the entire crew from “The Expendables” all coming to mind. But for our money, none of these men have done anything half as funny as Tatum’s surprisingly great turn in “21 Jump Street” alongside Jonah Hill. And now, it seems, we’re getting a sequel!
We’ve known about the impending production of the sequel for some time now, but a few days ago ScreenRant announced some specifics that make it easy to get excited. The sequel, aiming for a summer 2014 release, will be called “22 Jump Street” (of course), and will feature Tatum and Hill taking their characters undercover at school again – this time at a college. Ice Cube will be back as Captain Dickson (which is great news, as Cube was hilarious in the original), and Michael Bacall and Hill have penned the script.
Ultimately, it seems as if the sequel to the surprise success remake will mark just another step in the emergence of Channing Tatum as a real box office draw. Tatum had us howling with laughter in “21 Jump Street,” and even managed to inject some humor into “White House Down” on a fairly consistent basis earlier this year – so count us among those who can’t wait for this summer 2014 comedy!