In a new interview with Collider, The Muppets director James Bobin has confirmed (more or less) that he'll direct Sony's long-gestating Men In Black/21 Jump Street crossover, better known as MIB 23.
Let's go to the tape.
First things first: James Bobin is an excellent choice for this project. This man's comedy bonafides are unimpeachable: Bobin got started his career directing episodes of Da Ali G Show (say what you will about Cohen today, but that series is an all-timer), moved on to HBO's Flight Of The Conchords (another all-timer), and made his feature-film debut in 2011 with the so-awesome-it-sort-of-made-me-cry The Muppets. Look at those titles. Not only does Bobin know comedy, he knows how to mix genres.
Secondly: I'm still kind of stunned this thing is actually happening. I've seen resistance to the concept on Twitter and in our very own comments section, but I'm not sure I understand the reluctance to get onboard. You don't normally see a studio swinging for the fences like this, and I'm honestly just very curious to see how weird things will get. Will Schmidt and Jenko go into space? Which one of them will fall in love with an alien? Let's say it's a hit - where does the franchise go from there?
I'm intrigued, and with Bobin at the helm I'm feeling more confident than ever. How 'bout you guys?