A big screen version of 1980s TV shows 21 Jump Street has come top of the North American box office chart in its first weekend of release. The series focuses on a squad of youthful-looking undercover police officers investigating crimes in high schools, colleges, and further teenage venues.
The series provided a flash to Johnny Depp's nascent acting career, garnering him national acknowledgment as a teen idol. But the movie version has turned the story of undercover police tackling youth crime into an action comedy. According to Rory Bruer, head of distribution for film studio Sony the remake, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, had been adapted to appeal to young cinemagoers.