Jump Street/Men in Black crossover is actually happening
Variety is reporting that Sony is actually moving forward with their planned, and much maligned, Jump Street/Men in Black crossover.
The studio has set The Muppets and Alice Through the Looking Glass director James Bobbins to direct from a screenplay by Rodney Rothman, who has credits on 22 Jump Street, the upcoming 23 Jump Street and Grudge Match.
Sony is so in love with this idea that they intend to start production in June 2016, however the project does not have a release date.
Whilst the studio originally intended for 22 Jump Street directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct the crossover, the aforementioned directors are currently tied up with Disney and Lucasfilm in producing a Han Solo spin-off film.
Variety also reveals that whilst Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will reprise their roles from the Jump Street franchise, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be returning as Agent Jay and Agent Kay. The trade claims that Sony will be looking for A-List talent to replace Jones and Smith as the men in black, considering the gravitas and draw of the former Men in Black partnership.
Sony hoped to keep the idea of a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover under wraps, the monumental hack that Sony suffered spoiled the surprise.
Since then, the studio and the film, in general, has been met with derision and hate with some claiming that Sony is reaching for straws and marrying two franchises that have no place on the small screen.
I’m going to say something unpopular. Why are we laughing and shooting down this idea? If the studio does indeed move forward with this crossover and it happens to be a weirdly enjoyable movie, then why should we malign the idea?
Look, as much as fans want to stretch their muscles and flex their control, the executives run this industry. We can write posts and scream to our hearts content but if Sony throws money at this, bag a few more A-List stars, you know the general audience, us included, will watch this movie. And if it’s good, we’re going to see more.
The Jump Street/Men in Black crossover does not have a release date.