James Bobin To Direct ’23 Jump Street’ & ‘Men in Black’ Crossover Movie

James Bobin To Direct '23 Jump Street' & 'Men in Black' Crossover Movie

Back in 2014, when Sony was hacked and their emails were released and flying around the web, one item that surfaced was the possibility of a "23 Jump Street" sequel that would crossover with "Men In Black." Jonah Hill emailed Amy Pascal, the Sony honcho at the time, saying the concept was "rad and powerful.” Frankly, it seemed like a neat brainstorming idea, but the movie kept popping up. ‘Jump Street’ directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller said the movie was still a possibility last year, though they noted they wouldn’t direct. But someone has been found for that job.

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Variety reports that James Bobin ("The Muppets," "Alice Through The Looking Glass") is in early talks for the movie, with a June production start in mind, though no green light has yet been given. While Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will be back to reprise their roles, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones won’t, with younger actors stepping in to play alien busting agents. As for the story? Sony wants to keep how these two worlds will collide a secret as along as possible. Incidentally, if this movie shoots in June, it suggests that 20th Century Fox‘s Tatum-starring "Gambit," which was supposed to shoot this spring, but was recently pulled from the release calendar, is off the table at the moment, or least being reworked.

What do you think about these two franchises mixing it up? Can it be pulled off? Is it even a good idea? Hit us up in the comment section.

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