The 21 Jump Street universe is getting real weird, you guys.
God bless Sony Pictures. I mean, they technically drove my favorite superhero of all time into the ground just last year with the abysmal Amazing Spider-Man 2 but after going through the whole scandal with The Interview, and having all their secrets (and hilarious e-mails) published on the Internet these guys keep finding ways to be interesting. It’s admirable.
Today The Wrap reports that Sony Pictures will officially be moving forward with its Jump Street franchise, hiring Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs to pen a female-centric spinoff – hopefully starring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer [fingers crossed].
But not only that, Sony is also moving forward with the rumoured Men In Black crossover that will likely see Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum move from stopping drug dealers in schools to stopping drug dealers in space. Come on, guys. This was really the only logical place this franchise could head in. As the previous Jump Street films have worked as satirical plays on reboots and sequels, it can only be assumed that this MIB crossover will work as a send-off of shared universes. Again, this franchise continues to lovingly have its cake and eat it too.
I like both of these ideas. Getting talented ladies to take the roles of Hill and Tatum is always fine by me, and the idea of turning Hill and Tatum into intergalactic space cops (and maybe seeing them hangout with Will Smith) is so nonsensical that it must be the best idea ever. This is kind of like if Vin Diesel came out and officially announced Furious 8 would be set in space. I mean it’s not THAT outlandish, everyone seems to think that that’s really where we’re headed, but the same time like what?
Unfortunately it’s unclear is how heavily involved Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be on the Jump Street franchise moving forward – Hill, Tatum and both of them are serving as producers but no other writers/directors are confirmed. It’s kind of hard to imagine what the Jump Street world is without Lord and Miller. It is very much theirs. But that being said, Lord and Miller are incredibly busy between The Lego Movie universe, the animated Spider-Man film and no doubt being scouted for a million other projects (including Warner Bros’ The Flash) so it will make a lot of sense if they cannot write/direct here anymore. And if Sony keeps aiming for people like Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs, maybe this franchise will work as a way for new comedic talent to expand its abilities.
What do you guys make of this?