Jonah Hill Pours One Out For MIB 23

An idea too goofy to be true may have indeed been too goofy to be true.

Last spring brought us the rapidly developing story of a Men in Black/21 Jump Street crossover that chugged further and further toward reality despite sounding like a joke. Before we knew it, the project had a name (MIB 23) and a director (Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass’ James Bobin).

It seemed like the whole thing might actually happen. And now here comes Jonah Hill to bring the project crashing back down to Earth:

“I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will get made,” Hill stated. “It’s too complicated. They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the ‘Men in Black’ stuff. 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 and then now it’s become a giant sequel, reboot. It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes. I love Channing and I love (directors) Phil Lord and Chris Miller and I love making those movies — they’re a lot of fun. So I hope it works out.”

I suppose you can still read some hope in that statement, but it sounds pretty dire. My assumption in the first place was that all the Men in Black stuff was squared away. Now it looks like that either wasn’t the case, or Hill is using it as an umbrella reason for the whole thing not working out. Maybe, as he touches upon later in the quote, they haven’t figured out a way to keep it from becoming exactly what they satirized in the first two Jump Street films.

We didn’t ask for this crossover, but now that it’s been teased, I feel a little bummed out that it may not happen. What do you think? Would MIB 23’s failure to get made be a missed opportunity or a dodged bullet?

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