Female '21 Jump Street' Spinoff in the works

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By Variety

Sony Pictures has started developing a female-driven spinoff of its "21 Jump Street" franchise with "Broad City" writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs.

The studio declined to comment on the comedy project, based on the Fox series which aired between 1987 and 1991 and starred Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise as undercover cops.

Sony Pictures began work last year on "23 Jump Street," selecting Rodney Rothman to script for the third version of the Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill franchise. The directing team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who helmed "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street" are overseeing development of the script and will produce the third film with Neal Moritz, Hill and Tatum.

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Female '21 Jump Street' Spinoff in the works
CANCUN - APRIL 14: In this handout image provided by Sony, Actors Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill attend the '21 Jump Street' photo call at Summer of Sony 4 Spring Edition at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 14, 2012 in Cancun, Mexico. (Photo by Matt Dames/Sony via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Actor Channing Tatum (L) and actor Jonah Hill attend the Q&A for the World Premiere of '21 Jump Street' during the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Actor Channing Tatum (L) and actor Jonah Hill attend the Q&A for the World Premiere of '21 Jump Street' during the 2012 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)
Actors Jonah Hill (R) and Channing Tatum arrive for the world premiere of '22 Jump Street, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, California, June 10, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Channing Tatum arrives for the Columbia Pictures' Premiere of '21 Jump Street' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actors Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum arrive at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' '21 Jump Street' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actors Jonah Hill (L) and Channing Tatum arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' '21 Jump Street' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 13: Actors Channing Tatum (L) and Jonah Hill pose at the after party for the premiere of Columbia Pictures' '21 Jump Street' at the Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge on March 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Brie Larson arrives for the Columbia Pictures' Premiere of '21 Jump Street' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California.AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actor Rob Riggle arrives at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' '21 Jump Street' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actor ice Cube arrives at he Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' '21 Jump Street' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Actor Dave Franco arrives at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' '22 Jump Street' at Regency Village Theatre on June 10, 2014 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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"22 Jump Street" grossed $320 million worldwide.

Aniello and Downs serve as co-producers and writers on the Comedy Central series "Broad City," which stars comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Downs also plays a fitness instructor. They are repped by UTA.

The news was first reported by The Tracking Board.

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