For a moment, it seemed Sony was on the brink of making a Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover. All parties seemed game. But in recent months, the project took pause.
And according to Jump Street co-star and producer Jonah Hill, the project is probably dead. “It’s too complicated,” he told the Toronto Sun (via The Playlist). “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,” Hill explained. The stumbling block in incorporating Men in Black is that difference in tone. Any further films in that franchise end up being the very thing Jump Street satirizes. “Now [Men in Black] become a giant sequel, reboot,” he added. “And it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”
Of course, it should be noted that Hill said the studio is still trying to work out deals to make it happen, but it is possible the creative energy behind it has already dissipated. So, in the end, the two Sony tentpoles will likely continue on their separate streams.