Probably one of the weirdest pieces of news that came out of the leaked Sony emails, outside of the disturbing misogyny and inappropriate comments by multiple Sony execs, was something people may have not even noticed.
It's almost hard to type this because it's so difficult for my brain to compute, but according to emails from Sony chief Amy Pascal, there was some sort of plan for a [22 Jump Street](movie:434853) sequel that would team up Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum with the [Men in Black 4](movie:489268) franchise.
Phil Lord, one of the writers from the first two [21 Jump Street](movie:44192) movies, was quoted via email saying, "jump street merging with mib i think that's clean and rad and powerful". Seems like the preceding messages to this might have been something like "sup?", followed by "idk u", then finally ending with "wanna make a movie?" So casual how they are dealing with these two mega movie franchises.
I, for one, am having trouble seeing how this idea is clean and rad, let alone powerful. But I don't get paid millions of dollars to make these decisions. These Sony executives do, and they seem to think it's a great idea. But I'm not so sure that turning it into a trendy shared universe is the way to go.
This dude (Will Smith) isn't going to be in the movie, no matter what. So that's already a problem. I understand that they want to shake things up, but Men in Black hasn't had a sequel in a while, unlike Jumpstreet. And don't get me wrong, I saw the first two Jumpstreet movies and liked them, but I just don't know if I see this working. You can't just take two franchises and blend them together expecting it to make box office bank.
Not exactly sure what Sony is thinking these days. Maybe they'll make it and it'll be great! Or not. I guess we'll see...