In the midst of last year’s Sony hack, one rather interesting snippet of news concerned the possible merging of the Jump Street and Men in Black film franchises. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have spoken out about the rumored project several times. According to Miller, it’s a concept “that makes you think.” Head-scratching hilarity aside, it looks like this fever dream of a movie might actually happen.
Two different bits of news regarding the Jump Street franchise broke this week. The first is a female-driven film written by Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs. The second? TheWrap reports the wheels are turning for the crossover film, and… the wheels aren’t square-shaped:
“21 Jump Street” took aim at reboots, while “22 Jump Street” targeted sequels, so it makes sense that the next “Jump Street” movie will send-up the current trend of Shared Movie Universes by having Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum enter the “Men in Black” universe and investigate aliens.
That actually kind of makes sense! If the first two films truly do tackle reboots/remakes and sequels respectively, then why wouldn’t a third film target cinematic universes? They’re all the rage, thanks to Marvel. (Let’s be honest, though, Quentin Tarantino did it better.)
Contract extensions are in the works for much of the Jump Street cast and crew, but there’s no word yet on whether or not Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, or Josh Brolin will reprise their roles.
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