There’s no question that after the massive box office success of the first Avengers film in 2012, crossovers are in vogue on the big screen right now. Apparently, two franchises are now being set to come together to poke fun at that popularity, and its an interesting pairing to be sure.
According to a report at The Wrap, in addition to a female-centric spinoff of the modern 21 Jump Street franchise coming down the pike, Sony Pictures is also developing a crossover between the comedy series led by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill and the alien-busting Men in Black traditionally led by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs will reportedly be spearheading the screenplay for the spinoff, which is said to be tonally right at home with the kind of comedy established by 21 Jump Street and its successful sequel.
With the first 21 Jump Street film aiming its satirical eye at the popular concept of reboots, and the sequel poking fun at the concept of sequels, a crossover focus does seem like the next logical step. The Men in Black franchise last bowed in theaters with 2012’s Men in Black 3, a film that was released a decade after the second in the series to critical acclaim and a solid run at the box office. It’s not yet known if franchise mainstays Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones would be included in a crossover with the Jump Street stars, but chances are that the comedy will have a more pronounced effect if the headliners from both series were to in fact mingle in the upcoming film.
Smith is currently shooting Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., a film expected to open up the burgeoning DC Comics-based cinematic universe. Tommy Lee Jones is currently shooting Mechanic: Resurrection, having a supporting role next to Jason Statham in the action thriller. While no release window is currently set for either the crossover or the spinoff, all the principle players are certainly sought-after actors, and it should be interesting to see how everything comes together. For more on thi story as it develops, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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