The idea of a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover has transformed from funny rumor to genuine possibility in little to no time. James Bobin (Alice Through the Looking Glass) was hired to develop the project and Sony seemed pretty high on the idea. The odds of seeing Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in a world surrounded by aliens seemed pretty likely, but now Hill seems to think that this idea has gone too far and probably won't happen.
In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Hill said the following about the project:
"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."
Hill points out the exact issue by crossing over a satirical, self aware comedy into a large, high budget sci-fi franchise. Jump Street is popular because it knows what it is, it realizes that it's a remake of a TV show that did far better than it should have done and the sequel went even further with the self mockery, but by tying this franchise into a reboot/sequel that will require a much higher budget, it is becoming the exact thing it made fun of.
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There's also a big chance that Sony is getting cold feet about rebooting Men in Black considering the loss they suffered on the recent reboot of Ghostbusters. It's reported that Sony are looking at about a $70m loss on Ghostbusters, so it's understandable why they wouldn't be so keen to reboot another franchise so quickly.
With reboots and remakes crowding the Hollywood landscape, MIB 23 did seem like a fairly good idea (until I realized that it'll most likely be PG-13 and not R). Schmidt and Jenko are great characters and we'd all love to see them take their friendship to a whole other level by putting them in black suits and making them protect Earth from aliens. So at best, MIB 23 could become a well-earned punchline to round out the Jump Street trilogy, but at worst, it could come across as though the Jump Street team are just selling out.
Hopefully we'll get some solid confirmation from Sony on whether or not the project is continuing pretty soon.
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