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Way back (a couple of years ago) when word came out through the Sony email hack that the studio was developing a crossover between Men in Black and 21 Jump Street we were all unanimous in our appraisal that while Sony may have been floating a trial balloon internally, it would almost certainly be too preposterous to pursue. Shows what we know. Now, the MiB/Jump Street crossover is so real that Sony is now actively promoting its development, and in front of theater owners yesterday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, they actually gave it a title. On the other hand, they also announced the involvement of a pair of key figures that should mitigate fan concerns. (more…)

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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? (more…)

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Those leaked e-mails from Sony are the gift that keep on giving. Not only did they shed light on the reality that Sony is struggling with what exactly they want to do with the Spider-Man franchise, it seems that all the bad ideas in the studio’s development department are not reserved for your friendly neighborhood web-slinger. In a world where cash is king and studios are so risk averse that anything with even the slightest bit of name cachet is more likely to get investment than a provocative original idea, some people at Sony thought it was fish in a barrel time when they considered teaming up two of their biggest franchises. One is Men in Black, the veritable action comedy series about alien policing secret agents. The other is 21/22 Jump Street, the action comedy about doofus cops who work undercover at high school then college. What could possibly go wrong? (more…)

Warner Bros. is adding a touch of Oscar-calibre class to its upcoming LEGO movie, casting Morgan Freeman as one of the voices in the upcoming animated feature. Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks has also signed up for the film to provide a voice as well.

The film is called LEGO: The Piece of Resistance, and it’s being directed by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The plot follows an ordinary Lego mini-figure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, who is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil Lego tyrant from gluing the universe together. The cad!

Freeman will play “Vitruvius,” who is described as a cross between “Gandalf meets Mr. Magoo,” while Banks will play the “badass ex-girlfriend” of another character that will be voiced by Chris Pratt. Arrested Development actor Will Arnett rounds out the rest of the announced cast so far as as the voice of LEGO Batman.

The 3-D animated film is aiming for a February 28, 2014 release date.

Source: Geek Tyrant

It’s time for another edition of “Good Idea, Bad Idea.” Bad Idea: making a movie based on a board game (*cough*Battleship*cough*). Good Idea? Remaking a movie based on a book about a fake board game. Just ask Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad.

While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Belgrad talked about some of the projects on the books at his studio, including a potential remake of its 1995 adventure hit Jumanji. The original film starred Robin Williams as a guy who grew up trapped inside the titular jungle adventure game, and co-starred Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce as the kids who free him and release all manner or creature and animal on their small New England town.

“We’re going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present,” said Belgrad. The original Jumanji was directed by Captain America filmmaker Joe Johnston.

In other franchise news, Belgrad says he’s pleased with the $615.5 million worldwide haul of Men in Black 3 and is now looking at what might come next for the MiBs. “We’re very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We’re going to do [another one], but we don’t have clarity yet on how it should be done.

And speaking of buddy cop movies, look for more 21 Jump Street in the not too distant future. “Yes, we plan to start shooting in the fall,” Belgrad explained. “There are very few actors — I’m going to quote Amy — who can do romance, action and comedy. We’re in business with two of them, Channing Tatum and Will Smith.”

So in other words, get ready for more sequels and reboots coming soon to a theater near you. Whether you like it or not.

Source: Coming Soon