Back in March, we reported that the long-rumored crossover between the Jump Street and Men in Black franchises is actually happening, with filmmaker James Bobin entering early talks to replace Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm. The studio made the project official during their CinemaCon presentation last month, but they didn't confirm whether or not James Bobin was still set to direct the crossover, entitled MIB 23. While doing press for his upcoming movie Alice Through the Looking Glass, James Bobin confirmed that he has signed on to direct this next chapter in both franchises.
Very little is known about the story at this point, but Jump Street stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are coming back as Jenko and Schmidt. Though, don't expect Men in Black stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones to return. Leaked emails from the 2014 Sony hack revealed that those stars will not be back, with the studio looking to reboot the MIB franchise with younger actors. Here's what director James Bobin had to say in an interview with ComingSoon.net, when asked if he had signed on to direct MIB 23.
"Yes, it's very early stages, obviously, but I've always loved the Men in Black world. Channing [Tatum] and Jonah [Hill] in 21 Jump Street are just so funny. Those guys and their world makes me laugh every time I think about it. That's always a good sign for a film."
22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman penned the screenplay for MIB 23, which executives are pleased with, although no plot details have been made available. Sony is even keeping the script under lock and key, with the studio making agents drive out to the lot to read the script, in case their clients have any interest in this project. It was reported that Sony is looking to start production on the crossover as early as this summer, but that hasn't been confirmed, and Sony hasn't issued a release date at this time.
21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were initially tapped to direct, but they can't take the helm, due to their involvement with the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story spinoff, which is set for release in May 2018. The filmmakers are still on board as producers, alongside Neal H. Moritz. It isn't known if the studio is actively casting the actors for the MIB side of this crossover yet, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we have more updates.