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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Upon first hearing about a MEN IN BLACK/JUMP STREET crossover, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. The idea seemed so unabashedly lazy and, frankly, Hollywood. Hollywood is always looking to milk the next big franchise, and MIB 23 certainly seemed like that very concept taken to the next level. At least that’s what I thought at first.

The fact is, I felt the same way about 21 JUMP STREET. How could they adapt this cheesy, too-serious TV show into something worth watching? The result was a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek spoof film that cranked everything up to 11. After taking a few moments to reconsider an MIB 23 flick, I began to see all kinds of possibilities — scenes between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in MIB headquarters. Training montages. Misuse of weapons. The idea seemed lazy, but it was fertile ground for hilarity.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS director James Bobin was even attached to the film, and as recent as a couple months ago he confirmed he’d be directing. So is the film still on? Well, according to actor/writer Jonah Hill, the prospect of the film doesn’t seem so positive right now.

“I had the idea,” Hill told Postmedia Network. “But I doubt that movie will get made.”

And with that claim, I can’t help but feel a bit let down, but Hill delved into the reasons why he thinks the film is dead.

“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.”

What do you think? Do you agree with Hill in that it’d be difficult to maintain the joke when the stakes become galactic in scale? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Toronto Sun

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.