The Wall Street Journal, who reported on the Spider-Man/Marvel news, revealed that Sony is planning to merge the Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum movies with their flagging Men In Black franchise.
Following the success of 22 Jump Street, the studio are understandably keen to keep the ball rolling, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the end credits sequence burned through every possible idea. However, Hill responded to the suggestion by saying “jump street merging with mib i think that’s clean and rad and powerful.”
The emails suggest that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be involved in any significant way, but we love the idea of throwing Schmidt and Jenko into the MIB universe. The self-aware rebooted Jump Street franchise seems weirdly capable of thriving when thrown into another universe and this is something we would love to see.
They also reveal that MIB executive producer Steven Spielberg has been contacted, and that no script has been written (“We don’t have a script yet so we’ll be greenlighting the movie off the concept and the talent involved,” emailed executive Hannah Minghella) but that it’s a high priority project for Sony and they’re looking at a 2016 or 2017 release. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will stay on to produce and may direct.
What do you think? Is this crazy enough to work?
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