A few years back, the interwebs were a-buzzing about the possibility of a 22 Jump Street sequel. They were also buzzing about a Men in Black reboot. No, wait, these were, in fact, the very same movie. Sony had run out of ideas so hard that they looked to combine franchises into what was then being called MIB 23, an obvious merging of the two franchise names. Though, as interesting of an idea as it was, it never came to be.
As much as I give Sony a hard time for their reliance on tired franchises, I was intrigued by the possibility of upping the action in the Jump Street films and upping the comedy in Men in Black. I could see the natural progression of these two merging into one another. But it was never meant to be.
So why not? Speaking with CinemaBlend, franchise producer Laurie MacDonald gave some insight as to how seriously they were, or weren’t, taking the idea:
“Chris and Phil are maybe the only people… because we love this franchise, and at the moment I think for us to even say ‘Okay’ to that was a big deal. But we love them! They’re amazing. We were a little stalled on another project – we had this initial impulse, and we were having trouble getting a script ‘there.’ We thought, ‘Oh, they’re brilliant.’… It was one of those things, because usually we all tire of everything trying to be made into a franchise, but to us it was actually such a crazy bold idea that’s also the reason we said yes. It was just a crazy impulse that was worth exploring.”
So while it was worth exploring, it certainly doesn’t sound like they were taking it that seriously. But when did they realize the idea wouldn’t work?
“After we got into it, I remember, I think [Laurie MacDonald and I] had this conversation: They are at, their heart, opposites. In other words, Men In Black comes down to taking extraordinary situations and playing them in a comedic deadpan way. Jump Street is taking very recognizable genre situations and going over the top with them. And, actually, that doesn’t mesh. It was a good intention, and everyone was smart, but when you really step back and look at what’s at the heart of either of those two series of movies, they’re not very compatible.”
Personally, I’m still disappointed this won’t be a thing. As it stands, I’m not sure if I’m into the idea of Men in Black International…but I’ll wait until the movie hits before I decide for good.
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