In crossover news that you never thought you would hear: the Men in Black and 21 Jump Street crossover film has not only been officially announced at CinemaCon, but it has been titled as well. And no, this is not fan fiction, so brace yourselves because MIB 23 is coming to a theater near you.
In the age of reboots and remakes this shouldn’t come as a shock to audiences, but because these two film franchises share such a different DNA, it doesn’t seem like an organic fit.
But let’s back up and try to find any parallels between the movies so as to make more sense of this mash-up. As we know, the Men in Black are part of a secret organization that supervises alien interactions on Earth. Will Smith’s character, Jay, was a cop in the first movie and later joined the MIB. On the other hand, 21 Jump Street tells the tale of two young policemen who go undercover back to high school as part of an operation to take out a drug ring.
So, my guess is that Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s characters, Schmidt and Jenko, will probably be transferred to the Men in Black organization where they’ll try and “protect the Earth from the scum of the universe” Will Smith-style. Expect this movie to be more comedy than sci-fi and to either bomb egregiously or be one of the box office hit movies of the year. As you can see, we’re still not quite sure what to make of this news.
Although Sony did not announce the cast of MIB 23, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are expected to be part of the movie. No details have been given regarding who from the MIB universe will join them, but it is rumored that neither Will Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones will return.
James Bobin - whose Alice Through the Looking Glass hits theaters next month - is set to direct.
While no official release date has been revealed, the film is supposed to begin production in the next couple of months.