Almost a year ago at CinemaCon, Sony Pictures announced a proposed “Men in Black” and “21 Jump Street” crossover was officially happening and would go by the title MIB 23. At the time James Bobin was set to direct from a script by Rodney Rothman.
A few months later, actor Jonah Hill indicated that scheduling for the film is essentially impossible and he doesn’t think it will ever happen. Cut to today and Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of all three “Men in Black” films, spoke with Digital Spy about why it hasn’t happened yet. Turns out he’s not a fan of the Jump Street crossover idea unless it also serves effectively as a reboot:
“I wish there were a fourth film. I don’t think Will Smith nor I would be involved. But I love the franchise, because I developed it and created it. But I think the problem with making a fourth film, for a while they were talking about combining 21 Jump Street and Men in Black, [is] there are too many expensive players in the mix. There’s Steven Spielberg, there’s other producers, and I think the way to do it is to have new agents or something like that. Not have me, not have Will, not have Tommy (Lee Jones). Just have other adventures. I wish they would do it, I don’t know if they will.”
Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald also previously indicated a new “Men in Black” trilogy without Smith or Tommy Lee Jones involved was under consideration. Right now it sounds uncertain that anything is happening with the franchise.