In what can only be described as bizarre movie news, it looks like the rumored 21 Jump Street and Men In Black crossover movie is happening and moving forward with production. According to Variety, James Bobin (The Muppets, Fllght of the Conchords) is in talks to direct with Jonah Hill, and Channing Tatum set to return to the Jump Street franchise as Jenko and Schmidt. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones however, will not be in the film and Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the first two Jump Street films, will stay on as producers.
The Men in Black franchise seemed to be over after a third film in 2012, but in true Hollywood fashion, they’re booting it right back up. And considering the fact that it is happening through the Jump Street films, which was also a reboot, we are really seeing a kind of reboot-ception here. But before we jump the gun on bashing the reboot-train, we can at least say it is a pretty creative reboot. These are two franchises that nobody would have ever thought to put together, and if Lord and Miller are creatively involved, even if it is only a little bit, you have to believe it has a chance to succeed. It might not be the sweeping risk-taking in storytelling James Gunn had praised and advocated for after watching Deadpool, but it is much closer to that than it is to a traditional reboot.
It is safe to assume that whoever does eventually get cast to represent the Men in Black portion of the film will move on to star in the next generation of noisycricket-shooting, neuralizer-using, suit-wearing protectors of the Earth; and depending on how this crossover goes, it might not be such a bad thing. As for what this means for Jump Street. Maybe this is the start of a litany of sequels that they hilariously ridiculed/kind of prophetically predicted.