`22 Jump Street' Creators on the Art of the Sequel

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June 4 (Bloomberg) –- “22 Jump Street” Directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord discuss how they met, their new sequel and making films together. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Years ago.

We have been making films side-by-side since then.

We partnered for our first job sort of accidentally.

And then we partnered legally.

It is sort of a complicated legal situation, but we are trying to make the best of it.

You have had a great run with the jump street films, the cloudy franchise, the later movie.

What do you think makes you guys work well to gather -- together?

We don't divide the work or anything.

We all do everything halfway.

It makes it a much better product.

If your first idea does not get through, it does not get past this guy, and we usually end up deciding on the third best idea.

On a sequel, people talk about sequel fatigue.

How do you balance that?

You don't want to stray too far from the original but you want to keep things fresh.

We were worried about making a sequel in the beginning.

We thought the movie itself could be about how hard it is to make a sequel and how hard it is to make a sequel's relationship -- sequel in a relationship.

Not to give anything away, but there are some jokes in the movie about how long the franchise could go on.

How long do you hope it will.

For the rest of our lives.

We hope we can pass it on to our children.

Our sons are about the same age, so it could go on forever.

In all seriousness, you guys have a lot of options in front of you.

There is the future of be lego franchise.

Your names came up in relation to ghostbusters three.

What do you want to do next?

We want to take a nap.

We had three movies come out that we were working on simultaneously.

We had the lego franchise and a bunch of other things cooking in the hopper.

He just want to keep -- we just want to keep making good stuff.

This is a pretty good job, sitting here and answering questions.

We might just do this for a while.

Day off my turf.

When it comes to -- stay off my turf.

When it comes to the writing process, what is parallel to all of this?

Ultimately, we just try to make each other laugh.

We approach executives the same way.

We are just trying to amuse ourselves.

In one movie we can say a lot of bad words and in the other movie we don't. but other than that, we just try to tell a good story and see what would surprise each other.

We are lucky that our sense of humor is juvenile enough that we would appeal to children.


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