CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical
In December, the main mix for '21 Jump Street' became official -- Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill would produce and star in the new, cinematic version of the popular '80s television show. And though they're planning to make some changes from the original premise, the team is eager to have one very popular tie to the past -- Johnny Depp.

While talking with the L.A. Times, Tatum explained that the 'Jump Street' powers that be are "actively trying" to get the original star involved in a cameo: "I really hope he does it. It would mean the world to us, and I think everyone wants to see him do it. And he's enough of a madman to do it." But it will, of course, depend on scheduling, especially since the actor has a billion projects in pre- and post-production.

But with or without Depp, what can we expect from this adaptation?

The original series dealt with young officers zipping back to high school and college to combat young ne'er-do-wells. Now, however, the plot points are getting a bit of a twist. Tatum says the film will be "more like 'Back to the Future,'" where you "get to go back and relive your high-school life." And just in case that wasn't confusing enough, their characterizations in the film aren't what you would expect. Hill will be "the cool one" while Tatum is "the loser."

As for the plot, it will revolve around a new drug that's plaguing a high school; Tatum and Hill try to stop it at its source. Tatum went on to say that the film has "fantasy" moments and -- no surprise considering Hill's involvement -- lots of comedy. "I've never read a script that I'm like, 'How are they letting us do this?' I don't even mean the censoring board. I'm like, 'No, I can't believe they're going to put this in a movie.' It's freaking ridiculous."

Should Depp pop in for a cameo in this "freaking ridiculous" production? Or is 'Jump Street' better left in the past?