Even though the Sony hack is officially a thing of the past, much of the leaked information has remained relevant in Hollywood. Yes, even the most ridiculous proposed crossover in recent Hollywood history: a Men in Black meets 21 Jump Street mash-up, from Jump Street writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It turns out that wasn’t just a “clean and rad and powerful” fever dream of Jonah Hill, and the filmmaking duo recently came out and said that bonkers concept could still possibly come to fruition. More magical crossover-centric words have never been spoken.
Lord and Miller were on the red carpet for the Golden Globes this past weekend, having been nominated for their surprise box office smash The LEGO Movie, and MTV caught up with them to ask about the comedy/sci-fi masher, and here’s how Lord put it:
Nothing’s changed. It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible.
He’s pretty spot-on there, considering he and Miller first put together the stellar MTV animated series Clone High, involving teen versions of history’s most important people, and followed that up with adaptations of the beloved children’s book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the 1980s crime drama 21 Jump Street, and the toy manufacturer LEGO. I’m pretty sure if they announced their next movie was going to be filmed with the lens cap still on the camera, it would still rack up ticket pre-sales.
When asked if they would be trying to get Tommy Lee Jones for a role — since Will Smith has made it clear he’s not interested in the future of Men in Black — the duo said of course they’d love to get him, but this project is so early in development, it’s impossible to say where it’ll go from here. He continued with this:
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.
Such a good line. Lord and Miller currently have a slew of projects on their plate, including the upcoming Fox comedy The Last Man on Earth, The LEGO Movie 2, the LEGO Batman movie, the Greatest American Hero reboot, and that Ninjago feature. Since the Jump Street franchise is a money-printer, we’re pretty sure Sony will be getting any potential sequels lined up sooner rather than later. And the more the merrier, where aliens are concerned.
Check out the video of the MTV interview below.
Are you guys interested in seeing 21 Jump Street mix with Men in Black, or is this just too ridiculous for you?