Despite seemingly blowing up – and taking the piss out of – any notions of a straight sequel in the end credits of “22 Jump Street,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller now have the unenviable task of actually making a “23 Jump Street.” Just how will they do this? Pull a Neill Blomkamp and ignore the end credit sequence? No, they’ll do it by doubling down on their last-minute joke.
Slashfilm reports (via Topless Robot) that the directing duo will hold true to the mythology of the “Jump Street” universe and count the string of outlandish sequels glimpsed during the end credits of “22 Jump Street” part of the series. “We’ve found a way that we love that makes those imagined sequels canonical and yet does something that we haven’t told you about yet,” Lord said. “The sequels are canon.”
Yes, within the context of the world of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum’s Schmidt and Jenko, all of the sequels are actual things and events that the characters lived through.
So, how exactly would a sequel work then? Could the “Men In Black” crossover still be in play? The filmmakers aren’t telling just yet, but Lord did tell MTV that writer Rodney Rothman came up with “a really outrageous idea for what to do, and how we could take our scorched-earth sequel policy from the end of ‘22 Jump Street’ and do something that hadn’t been explored in those 22 sequels and simultaneously tell the next chapter in the story.”
A vague tease is all we’re getting this early, folks, so get started with those outlandish predictions below. A reboot time-travel plot like the J.J. Abrams‘ “Star Trek”? Hill and Tatum in old-age makeup as geriatric cops? While you guess down below, we’ll be figuring out how to bet money on a three-way crossover between the “Jump Street” series, “Men In Black” and “Ghostbusters.” After all, doesn’t Sony seem desperate for their own cinematic universe? Go big or go home, Sony.