Sony is Planning a Men in Black-Jump Street Crossover Movie

Sony is Planning a Men in Black-Jump Street Crossover Movie

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How many times does Channing Tatum accidentally get neuralized?

The Sony Pictures hack we reported on is the gift that keeps on giving (horrible as it may be). Along with learning of Marvel's attempts to get Spider-Man in for a cross-studio collaboration, we now know that Sony is combining two of its other well-known franchises.

According to emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairwoman Amy Pascal, the studio is going to crossover Men in Black, and the Jump Street duo (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum). The film would effectively be 23 Jump Street (my title, not theirs), with the Men in Black characters making an appearance in their universe.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), the project doesn't appear to include Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones, at least in any significant role. Hill and Tatum would return, however, as would director duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (confirmed to produce, but not yet to direct). Stephen Spielberg has been asked to executive produce (as he did on previous Men in Black films), but that's not yet set in stone.

Along with being entertaining (either outright, or in a train wreck sort of way), the crossover could also breathe new life into the stagnant Men in Black franchise. Despite Men in Black 3 grossing over $650 million worldwide in 2012, the film didn't make a profit (thanks to a bloated marketing budget, no doubt). A successful team-up with Jump Street could call for an MiB reboot down the road.

The crossover would hit theaters in 2016 or 2017, so more details are sure to come over the next 12 months.

Source: WSJ

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Why? Just, why? Why would you do that? Neither is improved by the other being related to it (though then again the same can be said about MiB having MiB3 exist at all). I mean for god sake, if you're doing a crossover at least have the balls to go all out and bring the duo we watched MiB for.

This REEKS of desperation. So much, I can almost hear the song "Desperation" from Double Dragon Neon.

I am 100% okay with this. I love Men in Black (Well the first one anyway), but Tommy Lee Jones just looked so tired in the ten seconds he was in the third one. The world is so much bigger than Agent J and K. I want to see more of the organization than these two.

And after the last two Jump Street movies, I'd watch Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go to the gas station for Funyuns. This is much better than that.

I can't wait.

They...really don't understand how a crossover is supposed to work. Thematically you'd have a better chance throwing together Resident Evil and Underworld.

You know what? I think this image sums this bit of Sony news perfectly.

...Ok. A police force monitoring aliens who come to Earth as neutral territory and a comedy about goofy undercover cops in highschool/college?

Don't see how this works.

This seems dumb enough to be fun. I'm actually looking forward to it.

Maybe the presence of aliens could explain everything else in the Jump Street franchise. High school coach makes previously unseen drugs? Got it from aliens. Exploading chickens? Aliens. Harry Osborne's younger brother selling drugs in high school? Oscorp. It could all make so much sense.

This seems like one of those fake movie ideas that gets put into some sitcom because of how ridiculous it is. Really, how creatively bankrupt is Hollywood?

The thing is, I'm wondering which one of the two is a bigger draw because despite MiB 3 doing fine at the box office, no one really gives a damn about the series (or Will Smith) anymore.

I could actually see this as a comedy given that half the point of MIB is that it's all supposed to be secret, and one does have to wonder what happens when police operatives stumble on the alien stuff on their own, implied in the first movie even though it was being "shown off" to someone who was later neutralized. I could see it being played for laughs, especially if as a joke one of the "Jump Street" duo (probably Jonah Hill) is defined as having some kind of unadvanced neutral set up making them both kind of dumb/insane but also immune to the technology, allowing them to play it up for the lulz that one of the duo keeps getting neutralized while the other remains somewhat aware of everything going on. Neither franchise is serious enough, or even consistent enough, for me to see a problem.

That said while suggested I'm not sure if I can see it materializing. When I was at Universal a couple months ago for Halloween there was speculation about their MIB ride getting axed due to lack of interest in the franchise. As a sort of "pinhead" I wound up buying a MIB pin and the ladies at the booth mentioned that they only had one exclusive pin for their ride (and an old one) compared to other attractions which had multiples, even though they once had more. Apparently one of the things Universal is thinking of doing is cutting the MIB ride and then building another Harry Potter attraction stretching from Diagon Alley down that side and then expanding and repurposing the MIB ride into something similar using wands (especially if the interactive magic pans out) as opposed to light guns. Harry Potter being their bread and butter right now and having expanded them into a force able to compete more directly with Disney than they have been in a while.

Of course to be fair I also heard speculation that they wanted to close down the entire park and re-build it as 100% Harry Potter themed park, but to be fair I can't see that happening since while HP is a fad right now and making them money, the bottom line is that like everything interest is likely to fade somewhat and the more HP they have the more neglected more of the park will come when it wears out it's welcome and the appeal fades. I can't see them putting all their eggs in one basket.

The point of this being that I doubt that would even be speculated on or a rumor if there was a new MIB property in the works because that would presumably revitalize interest in the IP and trickle down to benefitting those licensed to operate attractions based on it. Rumors like this would start with management (I know this from having worked from a Resort/Casino) and those are the people who as rights holders would be aware of anything major involving an IP they have a stake in.

While I could sort of see this cross over, it seems like it was something suggested by a writer with an idea that was being considered at one time, but not something seeing actual planning. Sort of like was the case for "Freddy Vs. Jason" for ages where there were tons of people with the idea, and even apparently scripts, but it took forever before someone actually green lit it, and it wound up being none of the scripts that were known to be out there and an entirely "fresh" take on the idea apparently.... which was odd because so many ideas other people had allegedly submitted sounded so much better than the one they went with, even if it was an amusing work of cheese. :)

At any rate my sources aren't exactly perfectly reliable here, but right now I'm guessing "no", it just feels wrong. If we see more MIB I expect a reboot down the road as opposed to a cross over that doesn't involve either of the leads that made the franchise successful, especially given that it's a character/actor driven piece at the moment as opposed to one that worked because of the concept, which seemed to play a back seat to the performance of the actors, which is why the sequels wound up recycling so many of the same basic gags. There is potential for the "universe" but I doubt it's something they would build up in a Jump Street crossover.

Huh? Crossover? Egh, whatever. Don't care.

However:

Despite Men in Black 3 grossing over $650 million worldwide in 2012, the film didn't make a profit.

Holy fuck, Sony. You make almost three quarters of a billion dollars on a mediocre film and don't pull in one iota of profit from it? How in the hell do you manage that? Seriously, how can you cock tha...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/men-in-black-3-budget-script_n_1515755.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_films

Okay, so....now I'm confused. That HuffPost article seems to indicate that the film's budget, including marketing, was 375 million, while the Wiki article indicates the film cost roughly 200 million, not counting the advertising budget.

Is the HuffPost article wrong? Did Sony spend over 400 million in marketing? I must be missing something here.

At this stage Sony is like a kid playing with action figures. "And then, and then and then the Men in Black turn up and they're all like *pew pew pew and "I make this look good."

Both Jump Street movies sound like stupid ideas, but they make up for it in execution. I haven't laughed at a Hollywood comedy for years until I watched 21 Jump Street. If it's going to be the Jump Street guys fighting aliens as MIB agents, I'll give it a chance.

Avaholic03:
Really, how creatively bankrupt is Hollywood?

And how have they still not gotten any of my scripts for Men In Black vs Predator.

Just last week when I saw the Doritos pizza crust I thought that nothing would overtake it as the most pointless product crossover for a long time. How wrong I was.

I think it sounds like a pretty cool idea. Just because something seems desperate doesn't mean it can't be fun.

But does Spielberg just produce every movie in Hollywood these days?

RealRT:
This REEKS of desperation. So much, I can almost hear the song "Desperation" from Double Dragon Neon.

Truth. A franchise that no one gives a crap about anymore, teaming up with a franchise that effectively threw itself off a bridge with cement feet and its throat cut by the end of its second installment. What fucking hacks do they have coming up with this stuff? You might as well call it "Shitty fanfiction: The Movie".

Vigormortis:
Huh? Crossover? Egh, whatever. Don't care.

However:

Despite Men in Black 3 grossing over $650 million worldwide in 2012, the film didn't make a profit.

Holy fuck, Sony. You make almost three quarters of a billion dollars on a mediocre film and don't pull in one iota of profit from it? How in the hell do you manage that? Seriously, how can you cock tha...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/14/men-in-black-3-budget-script_n_1515755.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_films

Okay, so....now I'm confused. That HuffPost article seems to indicate that the film's budget, including marketing, was 375 million, while the Wiki article indicates the film cost roughly 200 million, not counting the advertising budget.

Is the HuffPost article wrong? Did Sony spend over 400 million in marketing? I must be missing something here.

I can't find anything that says MiBIII didn't make a profit. In fact everything seems to be pointing the other way. Universal is apparently really happy with the finical success of the movie and they are looking the make a fourth. Methinks that someone didn't do their homework properly.

Both movies have a level of humor that actually may mix fairly well. Jump Street is full of almost self-aware humor, MiB is full of fish out of water alien humor and I actually am on board for this. I didn't ask for it, but I can't argue that I don't want it either.
I'm also of the mind that MiB 3 was pretty good so maybe I have a minority opinion here.
Neither series needs this, but neither series could be absolutely harmed by this. Its weird though, as I get older I find less and less things to get up in arms angry about and more looking for a silver lining to what usually seems to be knee-jerk reactionary anger causing news. Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?

bartholen:

RealRT:
This REEKS of desperation. So much, I can almost hear the song "Desperation" from Double Dragon Neon.

Truth. A franchise that no one gives a crap about anymore, teaming up with a franchise that effectively threw itself off a bridge with cement feet and its throat cut by the end of its second installment. What fucking hacks do they have coming up with this stuff? You might as well call it "Shitty fanfiction: The Movie".

Pretty much this. Let's just swap out Dolan with the concerned and generally tasteful public, and Gooby with SPE and its habit of desperately hashing shit out. What does that give us?

"SONY PLS. SONY NO. NO, SONY. SONY PLS."

Spot1990:
At this stage Sony is like a kid playing with action figures. "And then, and then and then the Men in Black turn up and they're all like *pew pew pew and "I make this look good."

Actually that sounds a lot like Marvel's 20-step shared universe.

Well....

Johnny Novgorod:

Spot1990:
At this stage Sony is like a kid playing with action figures. "And then, and then and then the Men in Black turn up and they're all like *pew pew pew and "I make this look good."

Actually that sounds a lot like Marvel's 20-step shared universe.

Oh god...

This comment coupled with the fact that they want to do an Amazing Spiderman Cinematic Universe...

WHO'S READY FOR THE SONY PICTURES EU

I can only hope the fact that this was revealed to the public by the hack (or was leaked on purpose to gauge public reaction) while make them put this on the back burner until the heat from Development Hell turns it into the lump of charred shit it deserves to be.

erttheking:
...Ok. A police force monitoring aliens who come to Earth as neutral territory and a comedy about goofy undercover cops in highschool/college?

Don't see how this works.

J and K task the Jump Street guys with infiltrating a frat house suspected to be full of alien drug dealers. J and K disappear from the plot until near the end of the film because Will Smith is expensive and Tommy Lee Jones is getting too old. Hijinks involving neuralizers, alien bodily fluids and high powered weaponry the size of golf balls ensue. Hill and Tatum's character probably get neuralized in the end with a sequel hook about how the MiB will call on their services again.

I think some of my neurons where fried just typing that. Now I know why educated professional characters in serious movies constantly hold the idiot ball for no good reason. The writers are fried from writing too many stupid scripts, then revise them to be stupider, at the behest of focus groups. (Sony you owe me hazard pay.)

So..... it'll still be an R rated movie right? They're not going to tone down the hilarity so that it can be more in line with MiB?

Best case scenario is they're just using MiB stuff as an excuse to bring the insanity of the Jump Street series to new levels. If that's what this is, I am 100% okay with it and actually looking forward to it. I just can't see Will Smith's ego allowing him not to be the center of the movie.

Christ, what next? Are we going to have a cross over with GoT and Starwars? What is the connectivity between these two ideas? And how does mix them enhance the experience?

ryukage_sama:
Maybe the presence of aliens could explain everything else in the Jump Street franchise. High school coach makes previously unseen drugs? Got it from aliens. Exploading chickens? Aliens. Harry Osborne's younger brother selling drugs in high school? Oscorp. It could all make so much since.

Ahahahahaha, oh wow. Fantastic explanation.

OT: Man...what if someone tried an original IP once in a while. Sometime ago we actually got MiB 1, Jurassic Park, The original Star Wars trilogy, Independence Day or whatever. Imagine if the makers of those just thought about sequels instead :\

Come on Hollywood! Stop being so fucking boring!

I would actually love to see the duo become MIB agents. If they're going to do this, then they need to go all the way. They're already undercover cops, now they can just take the humor to new levels. They almost have to, after the ending to the second movie. Unless that wasn't humor, and Sony was actually revealing its 20 step program for the 21 Jump Street extended universe.

First thought: (checks calender, sees for certain that it is not April 1st)

Second thought: Seriously?!

Call me crazy, but I reckon this could work. It's a long shot, but if done right it could be really, really funny.

I agree with the sentiment of earlier comments: How does this improve either franchise? The two are very different thematically, and while I really like Men in Black, I think we just need to let it go if this is all that they can come up with.

 

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