Columbia’s Doug Belgrad Talks ‘Men in Black 4′ & ’21 Jump Street’ Sequel

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 30th, 2013 at 12:36 pm,

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There are numerous sequels in development over at Sony/Columbia – including Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and a 21 Jump Street sequel. Moreover, a fourth Men in Black movie is now a stronger possibility than ever (thanks to MIB 3‘s $615 million worldwide gross).

Columbia Pictures Chief Douglas Belgrad has confirmed that Men in Black IV is indeed being planned, though there’s some question as to to what form it will take (more on that in a moment). Meanwhile, the still-untitled 21 Jump Street follow-up is being fast-tracked to begin production before the year’s end.

Belgrad discussed that pair of action-comedies with The Hollywood Reporter, saying:

“There are very few actors… who can do romance, action and comedy. We’re in business with two of them, Channing Tatum and Will Smith… We’re very pleased with the financial performance of ‘Men in Black 3′, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We’re going to do [another one], but we don’t have clarity yet on how it should be done.”

MIB series director Barry Sonnenfeld previously suggested that a fourth installment could take on the form of a reboot, following the emotionally-satisfying payoff to the relationship between Agents K (Tommy Lee Jones) and J (Will Smith) provided by MIB 3. Makeup artist Rick Baker alluded to the idea that Josh Brolin as a younger Agent K could become the focus in future films – but that might’ve been pure speculation on his part.

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Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will return for ’21 Jump Street 2′

That said, Jones and Smith don’t appear to be all that invested in continuing to work on the MIB franchise (and it arguably showed with their performances in MIB 3). Sony/Columbia could conceivably push for a fourth movie where the duo “pass the torch” to a pair of fresh faces, who’d headline the series from there on out.

21 Jump Street‘s Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, by comparison, are scaling the heights of fame right now – and the latter began working on the story/script for a sequel well before the average moviegoer had any idea a follow-up to a reboot of a 1980s TV show was something they even wanted. So the duo will definitely be back in full for 21 Jump Street 2 (or whatever it ends up being titled – 22nd Jump Street, perhaps?).

Belgrad said the 21 Jump Street sequel is slated to start principal photography this fall, presumably some time after Hill has wrapped his role on Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street (and either before or after Tatum sets to work on White House Down). There’s no word yet on whether directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to call the shots.

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The 21 Jump Street movie is one of those small miracles where all the elements clicked into place, making for a surprisingly entertaining contemporary take on an outlandish property (an unknown one, for a younger generation). There are similarities between that film and the first Men in Black – though, the latter was more bankable on paper, with Smith fresh off Independence Day.

Getting to the point: the MIB sequels have done well at the box office, but failed to recapture the “magic” of the first movie (in this writer’s opinion, anyway). It’s difficult to not suspect that MIB 4 will continue that trend – and 21 Jump Street 2 could likewise prove to be an example of diminishing returns. Here’s hoping for the best, all the same.

We’ll keep you updated on Men in Black IV and 21 Jump Street 2.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Men in black 4? *facepalm*

  2. I haven’t seen 21 Jump Street yet, but enjoyed MIB3 for what it was.
    If the story’s solid (more so than MIB3) and they get the cast to return, then I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing MIB4.

  3. The world simply does not need a MIB4.

    MIB3 was decent. Not great. Decent. I really enjoyed Josh Brolin as young K but man that film fell apart in the last act. I also despised the villain and his entire opening sequence. It wasn’t a complete letdown because I went into the theater expecting a letdown.

    I just don’t see the J and K tag-team working for another film. Unless the next film follows two entirely different characters besides J and K (which it won’t I assure you) I just don’t see another one being worth the ticket price. This series has lived out its life.

  4. MIB — Give it a rest
    21 Jump-street, I’m game if the story is improved.

  5. I would LOVE to see MIB4. :D

  6. if they really take out will smith and wichever actor plays k this time around(brolin or jones) for mib then thats the death of the franachise right there

  7. YES YES YES to 21 Jump Street sequel, just don’t Hangover 2 us and do a carbon copy of the original and somehow make it more awesome than original and I’ll be happy. MIB4 hell no, just stop or wait 5-10 yrs and reboot it, because if they do this it would basically be a slap in the face to the emotional pay off J and K had at the end of the film.

  8. Men In Black 3 was my favorite one!!! I totally loved it! From Boris to Brolin!

  9. I want neither, I hated Men in Black 2 and 3 and I enjoyed 21 Jump Street so I don’t want them to ruin the magic with a sequel.

  10. 22 Jump Street… If its a prequel it could be 20 Jump Street…

  11. men in black 4 this time agent j dies
    (will smith) yunger agent j in 1978 is the rock dwayne jhonson new bad alen

  12. end of men in black 3 older agent j i back

  13. end of men in black 3 older agent j is
    back

  14. men in black 4……

    men in black 4 this time agent j dies
    (will smith) yunger agent j in 90`s chris Rock as agent j
    end of men in black 4 older agent j is back
    diffent bed guys

  15. men in black 4……

    men in black 4 this time agent j dies
    (will smith) yunger agent j in 90`s chris Rock as agent j
    end of men in black 4 older agent j is back
    diffent 2 bad 90`s and futures guys

    agent k time jumps

  16. Ok you need will smith in it!! And the older agent “k” but if not the younger one.. But it has to be them!! I was looking and the want the kid from karata kid to be in it..umm hell no!! Bad idea!!! And pluse they were like might not come out until 2032 or something like that!! No.. You need the original people in it to make it amazing and they should start making a plan for it to come out sooner cuz I’m obssed with men in black now!!! I love it and I want to see another men in black 4 soon as possible with the original people!!! So yeah :)

  17. I definitely hope they do another mib. But changing the characters be a big mistake. I hate when they change characters it wouldn’t be men and black without them. If they do that I wouldn’t even wanna see it.

  18. In my opinion the men in black franchise would not get as many reviews as wanted without the original cast. (Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones)