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OTRC: '21 Jump Street' film in the works, may star Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum appears in a scene from 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' film. (Paramount Pictures)

A "21 Jump Street" movie, based on the 1980s cop series that helped make Johnny Depp famous, is being developed and Channing Tatum is reportedly one of the actors being considered for the lead role.

The movie is also set to star comedic actor Jonah Hill and will begin production in spring of 2011, according to Deadline.com, which carried the report. The actors have not commented.

Hill and Michael Bacall developed the story for the new "21 Jump Street" film, which will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller of "Cloudy with the Chance of Meatballs", the website said. It is set to be released on March 16, 2012 and actresses Emma Stone and Julianne Hough of "Dancing With the Stars" are also said to have joined its cast, according to preliminary casting lists.

Tatum, 30, played Captain Duke Hauser in the recent "G.I. Joe" film and also starred in the movie "Stop-Loss".

Depp, now a renowned film actor, starred on "21 Jump Street" between 1987 and 1990 and hated being contractually bound to the series, but has said it helped make him a household name. Michael Bendetti was later cast in the lead role following Depp's departure.

The show also starred Holly Robinson Peete, who is now a co-host on "The Talk", and Peter DeLuise and often depicted young-looking officers going undercover in high schools.