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That Men In Black Crossover With 21 Jump Street Could Still Happen

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men in blackEven 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.

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A Men In Black And 21 Jump Street Crossover Is A Thing That Could Exist

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men in black 22 jump streetWhen it comes to computer hacking leaks in pop culture, I think we can all agree that nude photography is the biggest no-no of them all. The recent Sony hack is right up there in terms of how widespread and damaging it all was, but I’ll be damned if it hasn’t unearthed some of the most interesting insider peeks at how the studio system works. One of the most insane nuggets of info involves a group of email discussions about a crossover sequel that puts characters from the Men in Black universe into the world of 21 Jump Street‘s undercover cops Jenko and Schmidt. I am shamefully SO into this idea.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony top dog Amy Pascal was in correspondence with several people about the project, though no specific details about plot or structure were discussed. What seems clear, though, is that Agents Jay (Will Smith) and Kay (Tommy Lee Jones/Josh Brolin) aren’t going to be focused on, if they’re in the film at all, with other elements from the Men in Black franchise used more heavily. Basically, this is 42 Jump Street, with the “42” as a reference to the alien-filled Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Disney’s Buena Vista Pictures put out the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie, though that crossover would have been more intriguing to me, despite it being total blasphemy to say such a thing.

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Zoe Saldana As Ripley And Katee Sackhoff As Han Solo In Comic-Con Cosplay Shots

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aliensYesterday, we got to see some truly awesome fan-play as The Hollywood Reporter kicked off one of the sweetest photo projects imaginable, reimagining some of sci-fi’s greatest characters with some of sci-fi’s most popular actors. Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion took on the role of Captain Kirk and Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick checked the time as Marty McFly. And now you can see Avatar‘s Zoe Saldana playing this genre’s most ass-kicking hero, Ellen Ripley, from James Cameron’s Aliens, among others.

Saldana gives a great interview with THR, talking about all three of her simultaneous sci-fi franchises. (She’s also in Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek, of course.) As such, it’s no surprise that she should earn the spot of one of cinema’s most iconic female characters, in the movie where she turns from heroine to warrior.

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Cross The Streams: The Terrible Movies Edition

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August is now finished, and September is upon us. Or should I call it Stream-tember? No, we’ll stick with September. It appears the running theme this week is “terrible science fiction flicks,” as you’ll soon see. But we’ll start off with the good stuff, just so you don’t bruise your forehead from slapping it so many times. Suspend your disbelief and get ready to groan.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Netflix Instant)
Because America couldn’t stand a continued existence without knowing what it would be like to insert Raymond Burr into a Godzilla movie. This classic monster flick is joined by Terror of Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Ghidora: The Three-Headed Monster, Rodan, and more on Netflix. You can get your Kaiju fix about 12 times over with this assortment of top-notch cinema, most of it coming from director Ishirô Honda. Assuming the events in Syria worsen, I wonder if we’ll have metaphorical monster movies involving them in the next couple of years.

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Will Smith And Men In Black Writer Reteam For Colossus Remake

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Colossus

Let’s make it clear right away that the headline is drawing a connection between Will Smith and Men in Black, and as cool as I thought that movie was at the time, I’d much rather dip back into screenwriter Ed Solomon’s career. He’s the man who brought the world Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its oddly wonderful sequel, as well as a bunch of episodes from the meta-before-meta-was-meta It’s Garry Shandling’s Show.. Because I roll like a neurotic in a time-traveling phone booth.

That said, Imagine Entertainment’s five-year-gestating remake of the 1970 sci-fi thriller Colossus: The Forbin Project has hired Solomon to rewrite the script. Previous drafts were done by Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and Jason Rothenberg (who wrote the pilot for the CW’s upcoming sci-fi series The Hundred). Ed Solomon is also the usually non-non-non-heinous writer also co-wrote the goofy-as-shit Mom and Dad Save the World and the underrated Billy Bob Thornton flick, Levity, as well as the upcoming illusionist heist movie Now You See Me. I mention his career again to convince you that he might actually make this remake worth the trouble. Will Smith, who really doesn’t need any hyping whatsoever, will take on the role of Dr. Forbin, mad computer scientist.

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Sony Committed To Prolonging The Men In Black Franchise

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It took eight years to get from Men In Black 2 to Men In Black 3, but the layoff certainly didn’t keep many fans away from theaters. If anything the delay supports the “absence makes the heart grow fonder” school of thought. The third film has grossed approximately $620 million across the globe, a box office number that eclipses either of the previous chapters. Odds are Men in Black 3 won’t be the end.

Men In Black will return for future installments, presumably with franchise star Will Smith