The TV series, 21 Jump Street, that propelled Johnny Depp to stardom in the 80s is to be made into a film staring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Film producer Neal Moritz has promised the big-screen adaptation will bring thrills and spills.

“We’ve got Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill (pictured), and we’re really excited about it – I had dinner with the two guys and they’re really good together and they’re very excited to do the movie together and it’s gonna be a lot of fun,” Neal told Collider.

He continued: “I just got the new draft I’m gonna read that one. We start shooting April 18 in New Orleans.”

The female lead Officer Judy Hoffs – originally played by Holly Robinson – has not been cast yet.

“We’ve met with a bunch of people, but we have not [announced a lead],” added Neal.

Jonah will co-write the script and be on board as executive producer in the film, which is scheduled for a 2012 release.

Depp – who played Officer Tom Hanson for four seasons of the hit show – has said he would be happy to make a cameo.