23 JUMP STREET Is Going To Be A MEN IN BLACK Reboot

This is not a Sam Strange article. 

More information pours from the emails released as part of the Sony hack, and today's headscratcher - this is seriously the weirdest piece of news you will read all day, for sure - is that Sony is looking to make the next Jump Street movie into a reboot of Men in Black

While the exact mechanics are unknown, Schmidt and Jenko will somehow get involved in the secretive Men In Black organization - as agents, I'd assume - in a film that would have no role for Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones. Sony hopes to use this film to relaunch Men In Black as 'pure play,' which I guess means fun and not so prohibitively expensive that it's almost impossible to turn a profit. 

Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be producing the movie, but not directly involved. There is no script, and one Sony exec notes that they're greenlighting the film on concept and talent alone - a thing that certainly led to the last Men in Black disaster. You'd think these studios would learn a lesson or two. 

At the same time this is a cool idea. It's bizarre and it's attention-getting and I like Schmidt and Jenko just finding themselves in all sorts of buddy scenarios. The end credits of 22 Jump Street closed off a lot of sequel avenues for the series, so going absolutely bonkers is an inspired choice. This means we're two movies away from these guys being lawmen in the Old West. 

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