This Men in Black Spin-Off Doesn’t Sound Cool Anymore, Will Smith And Tommy Lee Jones Are Not Expected To Return

When news of a Men in Black spin-off first hit the internet, it sounded super cool. It was supposed to be a Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover starring Will Smith, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

But now it looks like that’s not going to happen. Sony has fast tracked a Men in Black spin-off, which will reportedly hit theaters May 19, 2019. This spin-off will not bring back Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones, and it will not be a crossover with 21 Jump Street, so basically it’s just going to be another crappy remake.

Independent UK explains Sony’s plans with this movie…

“The script, penned by Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight‘s Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, is set within the same universe as the previous films, but puts a contemporary spin on the franchise that captures things on a more global scale. Supposedly, Sony is hoping to do something similar to Jurassic World, which changed up the stakes while still acknowledging the history of previous films.”

We’ll see if it works for them. I love a good alien flick, but I feel like I would be more excited if it was a completely original idea, as opposed to taking ideas from an old franchise.

No word on casting for this spin-off, but we will keep you posted.

Remember That ’21 Jump Street’/’Men In Black’ Crossover Movie? Well, It’s Actually Happening And We Know Who Will Be Directing

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The leaked Sony emails from 2014 revealed more than we ever wanted to know about the inside of Hollywood. You had racism, sexism and one insane idea to combine the 21 Jump Street franchise with the Men in Black franchise.

Even though there were several emails referencing this crossover idea, we never actually thought it would happen. But according to a recent report from Variety, the movie is still being developed and the studio is currently talking with James Bobin (The MuppetsAlice Through the Looking Glass) in hopes he will agree to take on the film.

And while sources admit the official greenlight hasn’t been given, the studio wants a June production start date. It seems like Sony is wanting to bring the Men in Black franchise back to life with this movie. They want to relaunch the series by adding “younger and fresher faces,” which means Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be returning.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would be teaming up with the new Men in Black actors to create this movie, so it will still have all the star power it needs to be successful at the box office.

We’ll see how this situation plays out. The script has reportedly been completed and studio executives are happy with it.

Confirmed: Sony Is Expanding ‘Jump Street’ Franchise With ‘Men in Black’ Crossover

Thanks to the Sony hack last year, we knew the studio was interested in making a 21 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover film. At the time, the idea seemed crazy. We reported the news, but honestly, we didn’t think it would actually happen.

But Hollywood just can’t seem to let their money-making franchises go. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return for the absurd project, along with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. And since there will be some Men in Black flavor added, we have to imagine Sony is hoping Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will agree to return.

In addition to the franchise crossover, The Wrap is also reporting that the studio has approved a female-led Jump Street spinoff, similar to what is happening with the new Ghostbusters movie.

Broad City writers Paul Downs and Lucia Aniello have been hired to write the female-driven film, which will reportedly have the same tone as the first two Jump Street movies. We are not sure who Sony wants to star in the spinoff, but some sources claim Dakota Johnson could land one of the lead roles, thanks to her work in the first film.

Pretty exciting news, huh? Of course, it would be more exciting if studios were developing original films with strong female characters. Instead, they continue to play it safe with films we already know and love.

It’s time to start taking some chances again! We need to start making great original films again. If we don’t, we’ll be buying tickets to a 101 Jump Street/Dalmatians crossover film 80 years down the road.