What?! Sony Wants '23 Jump Street' to Crossover with 'Men in Black'
Hot on the heels of news that Marvel was trying to work with Sony Pictures to get Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War, it sounds like the troubled, hacked movie studio has some crossover plans of their own, but outside of the comic book universe. The Wall Street Journal has word on some more info coming from e-mails that have been leaked online from the studio's head honcho Amy Pascal, and they reveal a discussion with Jonah Hill that pitches a crossover for 23 Jump Street to enter the universe of Men in Black. Hill's response was pretty favorable calling the idea "clean and rad and powerful.” Read on!
Not sure what the clean part is in regards to, but I'm somewhat surprised at his enthusiasm. But then again, the thought of Schmidt and Jenko getting caught up in some kind of alien conspiracy and being corralled into the Men in Black sounds pretty damn funny, and it just might be crazy enough to work. Phil Lord & Chris Miller could certainly have the same kind of meta fun they've had with the first two installments, though it's not clear if they're coming back to direct in addition to producing. Sony is already keen on the idea with their Columbia Pictures president of production, Hannah Minghella, saying, "We don’t have a script yet so we’ll be greenlighting the movie off the concept and the talent involved.”
However, if you're getting excited at the prospect of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum meeting Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as "K" and "J," the report adds that the two stars would not be included in the movie, at least not in prominent roles. In some ways, that does make this a little less exciting, but there's always the chance for surprise cameos (like Johnny Depp at the end of the first film). As of now, Sony hopes to have 23 Jump Street in theaters by 2016 or 2017. It's not clear if this Men in Black crossover idea will move forward, but the prospect is certainly an interesting one. Thoughts?