A planned ’21 Jump Street’ spin-off that would have seen Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s characters joining the ‘Men In Black’ is not happening any more.
Talking to Empire Magazine (via Yahoo! Movies) about the tentatively titled MIB 23, Men In Black producer Walter Parkes had this to say:
“We gave it a shot. It turned out to be an impossible match-up.”
Unfortunate to hear this put so bluntly, but not all that surprising as it has gained no traction since 2016. Even back then, Jonah Hill stated the following about the project, with Postmedia Network:
“I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will get made. It’s too complicated. 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. It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”
The future of Men in Black and Jump Street:
Three years later, we now have F. Gary Gray’s Men In Black: International coming to theaters June 14 this year. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, as agents H and M respectively, this new installment is set in the same universe as the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones trilogy. Emma Thompson reprises her role from Men in Black 3, as Agent O. Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson, and Kumail Nanjiani also star.
But this is not the end of Jump Street. Hot off the success of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, there is Rodney Rothman’s female 21 Jump Street spin-off film. Currently in development, the project is aiming to cast Tiffany Haddish and Awkwafina as the co-leads.