It’s certainly a strange-sounding concept, but Sony Pictures is going for it.
A Jump Street and Men in Black crossover titled MIB 23 is on the way, and the director has been locked in. James Bobin, the Flight of the Conchords alum whose feature credits include 2011’s The Muppets, 2014’s Muppets Most Wanted and the upcoming Disney sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass, has confirmed to Collider that he will in fact be in the director’s chair.
Both the Jump Street and Men in Black franchises have enjoyed huge success, but whether they’re right for a mash-up remains to be seen. One thing the film does have going for it is the combination of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, which has proven to be a winning recipe in the Jump Street films.
Bobin spoke a little about the ambitious sci-fi-action-comedy to Cinemablend, expressing his delight in the screenplay from Rodney Rothman, who co-wrote 22 Jump Street and Grudge Match.
“The challenge is a tonal challenge. It really is. Because both worlds are so fantastic, and then it’s one of those things where you think, ‘How is this possibly going to work?’ And then you read the script and go, ‘I get it! This is amazing!’ It’s fantastic and it’s really fun,” Bobins said.
“In a way I’m trying to imagine neither of those things exist before, and then what would it be together, and that ends with a very interesting place to be. But I love both worlds very much, and Jonah and Channing are hilarious, so they’ll be just, you know!”
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