When we first heard that there were plans in place to create a 21 Jump Street/Men In Black crossover movie, we thought it was a joke. After all, the plans for this project consisted of a few leaked emails between Jonah Hill and execs at Sony.
Then things started to get serious. Sony started developing the project and they were working with director James Bobin to move things forward. All signs were pointing to this movie getting made.
But during a recent interview with The Toronto Sun, Hill explained that the movie probably wouldn’t happen…
“I had the idea. But I doubt that movie will get made. It’s too complicated. They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff. The Jump Street films were so fun to make and the whole joke of them was they were making fun of remakes and sequels and reboots and then now it’s become a giant sequel, reboot. It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”
That’s a relief. I mean, I love both Men In Black and 21 Jump Street, but I don’t want to see them together. In the same way that I love baked potatoes and cereal. I don’t want chunks of warm potatoes mixing in with my Honey Nut Cheerios.
Anyway, if you need more Jonah Hill in your life right now, you can watch him with Miles Teller in War Dogs. It’s scheduled to hit theaters August 19.
For months we have been hearing about how this Men in Black/Jump Street crossover project was still being developed. It seemed like just a ridiculous rumor connected to the 2014 hacking of Sony Pictures. Yeah, there were leaked emails to back it up, but no one thought they were actually serious about it.
They were though. The film is happening and now we have the official title: MIB 23. The title was revealed during Sony’s upcoming release panel at CinemaCon. James Bobin is expected to direct the movie, and Jump Street co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on board as producers.
We also know Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will be back to reprise their roles from the Jump Street films. Sources say the project will enter production in June.
That’s about all we know. It’s believed Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will be sitting this one out. The studio wants a new (and younger) duo to team up with Hill and Tatum. But as far as we know, nothing has been confirmed, so there is a chance Smith or Jones might make a surprise appearance.
I hate to admit it, because this idea does seem to highlight the things I hate most about Hollywood, but I am looking forward to watching this movie.
I know, I know. I’m sorry.
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 Muppets, Alice 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.
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.
This Sony Pictures hack has revealed some extremely strange and surprising information. For example, there is only one female Sony employee earning more than $1 million. There is a very concerning gender and racial discrepancy among Sony’s highest-paid employees.
The leaked documents revealed that the list of Sony’s highest-paid executives is 94% male and 88% white. This leaked information makes Chris Rock’s recent essay on Hollywood’s race problem even more interesting.
But let’s switch gears to something even more depressing than sexism and racism. Leaked emails have revealed that Sony is planning on making a crossover movie between the Men in Black and Jump Street franchises. The film, which does not have a script yet, is set up for 2016 or 2017 release.
And since there is no script, we obviously don’t have too many details on this potential disaster; however, we do know Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not star in the film. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will be back, and Jonah Hill is apparently excited about the idea.
The actor sent an email to studio head Amy Pascal saying, “jump street merging with mib i think that’s clean and rad and powerful.”
Chris Miller and Phil Lord are currently working on the script and will reportedly produce the film. It’s also being reported that Sony wants Steven Spielberg to participate in the making of this movie.
What do you think? Would you watch it?