When Sony got hacked late last year and their internal e-mail leaked online, there was all kinds of dubious information floating around about weird and unexpected movie projects that the studio may or may not have had in early stages of development. One of those projects was an animated Spider-Man movie to be produced by The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Although it seemed odd at the time, last week that project was officially announced at CinemaCon. Another movie that was said to be under consideration was a 21 Jump Street / Men in Black crossover, which both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill expressed interest in. Now this week… guess what? It looks like it’s actually happening along with another 21 Jump Street spin-off featuring an all-female cast. Hit the jump for more details.
News of a female-led 21 Jump Street spin-off first surfaced over at Tracking Board earlier this week, where it was being reported that Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs had been hired to pen the screenplay. Obviously this would be following the direction that Sony decided to take with the Ghostbusters reboot, although in this case, the proper sequel (entitled 23 Jump Street) would also still happen. Since then, The Wrap has confirmed this story along with the previously reported Men in Black crossover.
They seem to be implying that the MIB crossover would actually be a part of 23 Jump Street and that there is a potential explanation for this strange joining of two completely unrelated franchises. They are claiming that “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.” I guess that is true, but it’s difficult to see Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones being involved in this. And if they aren’t, what is the point? How do you feel about these multiple follow-ups to 22 Jump Street? Could they be inspired ideas or are they just spreading the series way too thin?