If anything Chris Miller and Phil Lord should be on the top of Sony’s list to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3. They are the ones to go to if you want to turn a genuinely bad idea into a thriving franchise. But given the current situation with Spider-Man, that might not actually happen. Which is a good thing, because it gives the two the opportunity to work on a preposterous idea like mashing the 21 Jump Street franchise with the Men in Black franchise. Sounds completely out of this world, but if you want to get something like that done right, you definitely talk to Lord and Miller about it.
While it sounds like something Internet rumors would cook up, it actually came from one of the leaked e-mails during the Sony hack last month. Now seems that Miller and Lord are actually intrigued by the idea, and are addressing those rumors for a possible film.
Below is a video of Lord and Miller talking to MTV about the Sony hack, the 21 Jump Street/Men In Black crossover, and more.
It’s important to say that this is far from an actual confirmation that the Jump Street/Men In Black crossover is their next project. Here’s what Lord had to say about 23 Jump Street, and possibly crossing over with Men In Black:
“Nothing’s changed. It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible….We’re really focusing on what’s a great story for Schmidt and Jenko and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time.”
I guess you can only do the self-depreciating act so many times. But it was funny because it was so self-aware of the fact that it knew it was a sequel, and wasn’t afraid of acknowledging that it wasn’t really doing anything different from the first.
When the wild idea first became known to the public, e-mails revealed that star Jonah Hill called the idea “clean and rad and powerful.” That’s quite a ringing endorsement.