Schmidt and Jenko may never meet Agents Jay and Kay on the big screen.
Back in 2014, it was revealed that Sony was planning to do a crossover movie between its “Jump Street” and “Men In Black” franchises. The news, which was leaked after Sony's system was hacked, was eventually confirmed by “Jump Street” directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord during an interview with MTV News in 2015.
In March, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that “Muppets” director James Bobin was in early negotiations to direct the film. A month later, Sony teased at CinemaCon 2016 that the movie was tentatively titled “MIB 23.” However, despite all these developments, “Jump Street” star Jonah Hill admitted that he isn’t sure whether the film will ever come to fruition.
“I had the idea, but I doubt that movie will get made,” Hill recently told Postmedia Network.
“It’s too complicated,” the 32-year-old actor said of making the crossover possible. “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.”
Whether or not “MIB 23” happens, Hill is still hoping that he and Channing Tatum will return for a third installment of “Jump Street.”
“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 said.
“Jump Street” has been a successful franchise for Sony. With a production budget of $42 million, the first movie “21 Jump Street” grossed $201.5 million worldwide. The second film “22 Jump Street,” which had a production budget of $50 million, earned $331.3 million worldwide.