Rothman got his start as a writer for the Late Show with David Letterman in the mid-1990s and has since gone on to work on TV shows like Undeclared and the film 22 Jump Street, as well as the Robert De Niro vs. Sylvester Stallone boxing comedy, Grudge Match. As a producer, Rothman has worked on such well-received comedies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement and most recently the Lonely Island faux-documentary, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (itself, something of a cult critical hit).
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were considered essential to the creative accomplishments of the first two Jump Street movies, so their lack of involvement on the developing franchise spinoffs (outside of the pair being producers) doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in either film. Rothman’s overall body of comedy work is solid enough to suggest he may yet do something interesting with the female spinoff as the director. At the same time though, it’s disappointing to learn that Sony isn’t moving forward with either of the script drafts co-written by women who have demonstrated a knack for crafting comedies driven by female characters.
We’ll bring you more information on all Jump Street-related movie spinoffs as it becomes available.