You may remember that a few months back, Sony was hit by a massive cyberattack that resulted in thousands of private emails being released to the public. Among the endless pieces of information contained in those emails was a conversation regarding a proposed crossover between two of Sony’s more lucrative properties: Men in Black and 21 Jump Street. Well, it seems that the leak of the confidential information didn’t kill the deal and not only will audiences get the surefire hit (and, likely, comedy gold) MIB/Jump Street crossover, but Sony is also looking to expand the Jump Street brand with a female driven spinoff. Can I get a hallelujah?
The news comes from The Wrap, who is reporting that Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs, of Broad City fame, are set to pen the female led spinoff while no writer for the MIB/Jump Street crossover has been announced.
Of all of the information that was leaked through the Sony hack, the projects that seemed the most exciting were the female led Ghostbusters (which is now in production), the Channing Tatum/Chris Pratt Ghostbusters idea (now in pre-production), and the MIB/Jump Street crossover. In other words, not only has Sony continued to cultivate the best of the ideas in their arsenal, they have even given their projects a bit more “oompf” by throwing a female driven Jump Street picture into the mix. Alright, Sony, you win this one.
For those that may have missed the first two Jump Street flicks, well, you missed out on quite a bit. Directed by The Lego Movie scribes and directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, 21 Jump Street saw 2 undercover police officers (played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) posing as high school students as they tried to track down a drug dealer. The sequel, cleverly titled 22 Jump Street, followed much of the same formula (intentionally), this time putting the duo in college. Both movies were fantastic at calling out the tropes that audiences are subjected to with each remake/sequel to hit theaters and between the actors’ on screen chemistry, the screenplays, and the directorial decisions made by Miller and Lord, both wound up being more than a bit hilarious. All told, the movies have generated about half a billion dollars for Sony, so it is no surprise that they would want to capitalize on the success, as well as the stars’ enthusiasm to return to their roles. As a matter of fact, as revealed in the Sony leak, Hill has been one of the crossover’s biggest supporters. While Hill and Tatum are expected to reprise their Jump Street roles, as well as produce the films alongside Miller and Lord, there is no word as to who may return, if anyone, from the MIB universe.
As for the female led crossover, this is the first we are hearing about it and couldn’t be happier. Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) had a small role in 21 Jump Street, so it is possible that she may return for the spinoff, but that is simply speculation. Really, the spinoff could go anywhere with any funny females attached and if the Ghostbusters reboot has shown us anything, it’s that sometimes, audiences don’t even know who they want in a movie until the perfect cast has been announced.
We are at a point in Hollywood where producers and movie houses are no longer afraid to take on projects that put a female lead front and center. What was once a risk is quickly becoming a bankable choice and audiences are chomping at the bit to see just how well the studios plan on playing this card. While finding suitable, meaty projects for females to spotlight their talents is an absolutely wonderful endeavor, simply throwing women into the spotlight just to say that your studio is interested in diversity is a completely different matter. This new chapter of Hollywood history should be taken for powerful movement that it represents rather than just exploited for commercial gain (Hot Pursuit, we are looking squarely at you).
No word on when we may finally see these two projects but you can be sure we will be keeping our ear to the ground on this one and will let you know of any developments!
Which movie are you more excited for? Which female led movie are you ready to spend your money on?
Source: The Wrap