Sony struck gold back in 2012 with a re-launch of 21 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Following the success, the eventual sequel continued to push the franchise forward. Thanks to a positive reception to both films, Sony had hoped that the series could help bring back the Men In Black franchise as well and made early plans to crossover the two. Since that point, Sony has continued to push the film that would bring back both Hill and Tatum, while casting new agents from Men in Black.
The potential casting has not garnered any news, but with the film landing the official title of MIB 23 and signing on James Bobin as director, it seemed like the behind-the-scenes process for the movie was moving in the right direction. Even with this good news, Hill is not as confident that the crossover will ever take place.
In a recent interview with Toronto Sun, Hill was asked about the prospects of MIB 23 making it into theaters in the near future. Even though the idea of a potential crossover was his idea, he does not believe that the film will ever be made. This is not a change of heart from Hill on the concept, but his reasoning instead points to the studio side:
“I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will get made. ... It’s too complicated. 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. It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”
Upon the rumors and eventual announcement, the idea of MIB 23 was met with skepticism. In order to make it work, one or both franchises would have to concede to changes within the context of their films. 21 and 22 Jump Street are R-rated action/comedies that, as Hill mentions, poke fun of the idea of remakes in general. Men in Black is a more traditional action film that deals with extraordinary missions. There is a possible way for the two franchises to co-exist with one another on screen for a one time occasion, but there appears to be potential roadblocks in the way.
Even though this could be a fun combination of franchises and worlds, this year alone has proved that audiences are not rushing out to see new attempts at reboots or remakes. Instead, Hill's efforts are possibly best suited for 23 Jump Street. With that possibly being the next chance he has to play Schmidt, he voiced his hope to return saying, "I love Channing and I love (directors) Phil Lord and Chris Miller and I love making those movies — they’re a lot of fun. So I hope it works out." With this news not coming from a studio level and simply from an actor involved, the idea is not completely in the dark, but this certainly is not the news fans hopeful for this should want to hear.
MIB 23 does not currently have a release date.
Source: Toronto Sun