Bad News: It Looks Like That Men In Black/Jump Street Crossover Isn’t Happening

I think a lot of people agree that the Jump Street franchise was one of the biggest surprises of the past few years. When people heard they were rebooting a forgettable TV show form the 80’s, most people thought it was going to be another soulless Hollywood remake. Both films ended up being two of the funniest comedies of the decade due to a great cast, and specular direction. The ending of 22 Jump Street led many fans to believe that the franchise was over…

…until emails leaked during the hack of Sony Pictures in 2014. These emails suggested that the studio was planning on combining the Jump Street franchise with The Men in Black franchise. This was a genius way to continue expanding both franchises, since having Shmidt and Jenko go undercover at a school a 3rd time would be pretty repetitive. The studio even released the title of the film as MIB 23, which made many fans certain that it’d be in production relatively soon. Well, Jonah Hill had to crush our hopes and dreams by stating he didn’t think it’d actually happen. Hill told the Toronto Sun,

“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 [has] almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”

Hill makes some good points, but they were able to avert expectations twice before with the Jump Street series so I don’t see why they couldn’t do it a third time. Hill does make a good point that it’d be incredibly difficult to get everyone they needed to signed on. While it does seem unlikely, hopefully they do end up making MIB 23.

[Via Toronto Sun, image via Movies]