It looks like the Men in Black might never team up with the undercover cops down on Jump Street after all.
Sony Pictures had previously teased the idea of a crossover movie between the Men in Black and 21 Jump Street franchises and as far as anyone knew, it was being actively developed. However, as Jump Street writer and star Jonah Hill tells the Toronto Sun [via The Hollywood Reporter], he doesn’t believe the project will end up getting off the ground.
“I had the idea,” Hill said. “But I doubt that movie will get made.”
Talk of a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover was first revealed through the infamous Sony email hacks back in 2014. In March of this year, it was reported that Muppets director James Bobin was in talks to helm the film, and in April, Sony even teased that the tentative title was MIB 23. Unfortunately, Hill believes that the entire concept is too complicated to translate to the screen effectively.
“They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff. The Jump Street films were so fun to make and the whole joke of them was they were making fun of remakes and sequels and reboots and then now it’s become a giant sequel, reboot,” said Hill. “It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”
Although the Men in Black idea appears to be out, Hill still hopes that Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) will return for a third Jump Street installment.
“I love Channing and I love (directors) Phil Lord and Chris Miller and I love making those movies — they’re a lot of fun. So I hope it works out.”
Jonah Hill next stars in War Dogs, opening Aug. 19.