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 »
For years, Air New Zealand has embraced the fact that they’ve become a tourist destination for those who are fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film adaptations by using the director and his big screen versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters for their airline safety videos. But now that the Middle Earth franchises are over, it’s time for a new film franchise to step up.
The newest Air New Zealand partnership is with Sony Pictures, and together they’ve made a Men in Black airline safety video, merging the secret organization that fights the scum of the universe with the trusted Kiwi airline. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Update: TheWrap confirms Sony is moving forward with two new 21 Jump Street projects: a female-driven spinoff, and a Men in Black crossover. Original story follows.
First Sony announced an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, and then word came out of a male-led one. Now the studio may be going the other way with 21 Jump Street. According to a new rumor, a female 21 Jump Street spinoff is in the works, from Broad City scribes Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs. Read all about it 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 »
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 »