Believe it or not, the feature film crossover of the 21 Jump Street and Men in Black franchises is a real thing. The project was first revealed when studio e-mails hit the web following the Sony hack. Since then the studio has moved forward with development, announcing the official existence of the crossover at CinemaCon this year under the title MIB 23, with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the lead roles.
Now MIB 23 finally has a director with The Muppets and Alice Through the Looking Glass director James Bobin preparing to shoot the film this fall. In addition, while promoting Disney’s aforementioned fantasy sequel, Bobin addressed the challenge of combining these two unique franchises, specifically with regards to the tone. Learn what the MIB 23 director had to say on the matter after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Sony announced at CinemaCon that the title of the Jump Street / Men in Black crossover will be MIB 23.
Our original story from March 4, 2016 follows.
One of the biggest surprises to come out of the 2014 Sony hack (at least for our purposes) was the news that the studio was considering merging two of its franchises, 21 Jump Street and Men in Black. It seemed like a wild idea at the time, but now it’s actually happening. James Bobin (The Muppets, Alice Through the Looking Glass) is in early talks to helm the movie, which will bring back 21 Jump Street‘s Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The final moments of the first Men in Black teased a new partnership between Will Smith‘s Agent Jay and Linda Fiorentino‘s newly recruited Laurel Weaver, with the former rookie and the former mortician stepping up to protect the Earth from the scum of the universe. This was not-so-elegantly sidestepped in the sequel, where Fiorentino was nowhere to be found while the movie bent over backwards to bring Tommy Lee Jones‘ Agent Kay back into the mix.
So a female MiB agent is not unprecedented – we got all of 30 seconds of a Woman in Black back in 1997. Now, the series producers are promising that Men in Black 4 will feature a female lead character. So go ahead and add this franchise to the growing list of movies that are ready to step into the 21st century.
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Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Sony clearly wants to bring back the Men in Black franchise, but star Will Smith doesn’t seem terribly interested. So the studio is taking a page out of Fox’s Independence Day playbook and moving on without him. Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have confirmed “very active” plans for a “reinvented” Men in Black trilogy, likely without Smith.
Read Parkes and MacDonald’s comments on the new Men in Black trilogy after the jump. Read More »
One of the craziest rumors to come out of the Sony hack was that the company was considering a 21 Jump Street / Men in Black crossover to give each franchise a kick in the ass. In an odd way, the end credits of 22 Jump Street made it seem possible as directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller made a huge joke about Schmidt and Jenko (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) jumping across genres with the series. Why not recruit them to battle aliens, opening the series up to innumerable crossover jokes that would keep the self-referential tone intact?
What seemed like a crazy rumor is now a little bit more than that. Lord and Miller were recently interviewed and admitted this idea is definitely a possibility. Read more about the Jump Street Men in Black crossover below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sony’s first two Jump Street movies were a cinematic comedy reboot of a TV drama popular in the ’80s and ‘90s. The next Jump Street pic will be that, too, of course, but it might also be a revival of a sci-fi film series dating back to 1997.
The studio is reportedly considering making 23 Jump Street (or whatever it winds up being called) a Men in Black crossover. Maybe the space-set 2121 Jump Street wasn’t such a farfetched idea after all. Hit the jump for more on the potential Jump Street Men in Black crossover. Read More »
Sony is developing a fourth Men in Black film, but it may not be able to rely upon Will Smith to play the charming lead. While Smith led audiences into the world of a secret government bureau incorporated to police galactic aliens on Earth, and acted as the franchise center for three films, he’s not so sure about continuing on.
Oren Uziel (The Kitchen Sink) was recently signed to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, and to script Men in Black 4. But without Smith, who has helped power international interest in the series, is there any point to pushing the series forward? Conversely, once returns from After Earth are fully tallied, could Smith revise his lack of interest in a fourth MIB? Read More »
When a movie can gross $625 million internationally and be largely forgotten, it must have been a hell of a summer. Last year, Sony released the third film in their hit Men in Black franchise, MIB 3. The Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones/Josh Brolin sci-fi comedy was generally well-liked and did well for the studio, but thanks to films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, very few people have gone on to discuss it since.
They’ve been discussing it at Sony, though, and today it was revealed the studio has hired a writer to pen the fourth film. Oren Uziel, who wrote next year’s release The Kitchen Sink, has been hired to write Men in Black 4. He’s also been brought in to rewrite 21 Jump Street 2, which already has a release date of June 6, 2014. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Much as we like to bemoan the lack of originality in mainstream cinema, the fact is that movies tied to existing properties do big business. Sony’s three biggest hits so far this year have been 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3, and The Amazing Spider-Man — based on a 25-year-old TV series, a 15-year-old sci-fi blockbuster, and a 60-year-old comic book character, respectively — so it’s no surprise that the studio plans to keep a good thing going with sequels to all three of those films. And quickly: According to Sony exec Douglas Belgrad, 21 Jump Street 2 could begin shooting in just a few months.
But they’re not just looking to this past year to help fill out the upcoming slate. Sony’s also reportedly developing a reboot of Jumanji, the 1995 picture adapted from the 1981 children’s book. Hit the jump to read Belgrad’s comments on Men in Black 4, 21 Jump Street 2, and the new Jumanji. (Head here for more on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.)
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