4:06pm PT by George Johnston
Jonah Hill Doubts '23 Jump Street-Men in Black' Crossover Movie Will Get Made
The good guys who dress in black may never meet the good guys who dress like they are in high school.
For some time, Sony has been tossing around the idea of a crossover movie featuring two of their biggest comedy franchises, 21 Jump Street and Men in Black, but Jump Street star Jonah Hill now says a merging of the movies is unlikely to happen.
“I had the idea,” Hill told the Toronto Sun. “But I doubt that movie will get made.”
The idea of a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover first came to public light via the Sony email hacks in 2014. In March of this year, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported that Muppets director James Bobin was in early talks to helm the movie. And in April, Sony teased that the film was tentatively titled MIB 23.
But now Hill says he thinks the film would be too complicated to make work.
“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," said Hill. "It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”
The idea of combining the properties is an appealing option for Sony, with MIB being a hit franchise that became too expensive because of the compensation packages of its stars and producers like Steven Spielberg. Jump Street, on the other hand, featured an in-credits scene which imagined a future history of the franchise exhausted by sequelitis. Many think a crossover might be a fresh way to keep both franchises alive.