Jonah Hill has cast doubt over the planned Men In Black and Jump Street crossover movie.
Sony confirmed plans for the project in March (16), with rumors swirling that The Muppets director James Bobin was in talks to helm the film.
And in April, Sony teased that the film was tentatively titled MIB 23. It was thought that Jump Street stars Jonah and Channing Tatum would reprise their roles as Schmidt and Jenko, though Men in Black’s Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) would be replaced.
Despite the perceived progress on the unorthodox merging of the two big comedy franchises, Jonah now says he’s not sure how realistic the premise really is.
“I had the idea,” he told The Toronto Sun. “But I doubt that movie will get made.”
Jonah, 32, adds that even though the crossover had been lauded as a fresh way to keep both franchises alive, in the end such a project may be too complicated to make work. He also said that it may be difficult to maintain the more comedic and reflective moments the Jump Street franchise garnered.
“They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff. The Jump Street films were so fun to make and the whole joke of them was they were making fun of remakes and sequels and reboots and then now it’s become a giant sequel, reboot,” he explained. “It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”
But Jonah, who co-wrote both Jump Street films and thought up the upcoming film Sausage Party, hopes that a third installment of the series will be made at some point, dependent on his and Channing’s schedules.
“I love Channing and I love (directors) Phil Lord and Chris Miller and I love making those movies — they’re a lot of fun. So I hope it works out,” he smiled.