’21 Jump Street’ Directors & Johnny Depp Team for ‘Torched’ Comedy Series

By October 1, 2013

Phil Lord & Chris Miller - Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp starred in the original TV series “21 Jump Street” before Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ventured into R-rated action comedy territory with a film adaptation of the series that starred Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Thankfully, Depp – spoiler alert – comedically reprised his role from the original series in one of the greatest cameos in film history. Now Depp will reteam with the directing duo who made it possible to work on a new TV series.

Deadline reports Lord and Miller, who directed the pilot for the new comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Fox, are working with Depp to produce “Torched,” a new comedy series that already has a put pilot commitment at the same network. “Blue Mountain State” co-creator and star Chris Romano is behind the series which follows “a fast-talking, fun-loving dad, who through his very unique — and sometimes law-breaking — job, strives to give his young son the life he never had.”

Lord, Miller and Depp will all produce and serve as executive producers on the series by way of their respective Lord Miller and Infinitum production banners. Otherwise, there aren’t many details on the series, but it would be nice if Lord and Miller took the time to direct the pilot and get it off on the right foot, just like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The duo are currently in production on 22 Jump Street, the sequel to the aforementioned action comedy, and they’re also wrapping up The LEGO Movie for release next year.

Romano is coming from “How I Met Your Mother” as a co-executive producer, but it sounds like he’s ready for his own show. The potential new series is just now coming together, so there should be more news coming down the line.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.