Men in Black/21 Jump Street Crossover Almost Happened Reveals Lord & Miller

There was a time – and it probably still is – when filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller They were thought to have a Midas touch that could turn the most unusual IP into hugely successful movie franchises. At the height of their success, when Lord and Miller had launched three major movie franchises, they were planning one of the craziest mashups in recent memory – a crossover of the Skip the street and men in black series. They revealed on the Happy. Sad. Confuses. podcast (via Playlist) that the spinoff was actually “very, very close” to happening.

the Skip the street movies, a buddy cop series featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatumwere based on the popular television series of the same name.


fans of 22 jump street would recall the hilarious fake sequel gag that played out in the film’s end credits sequence. It turns out that some of these ironic ideas were actually developed. It was at this time that the news of the Jump Street/Men in Black crossover first appeared, with James Bobin‘s name being tossed about as a potential manager.

Lord said:

“It’s true that a lot of these things have been developed. There was, believe it or not, a very funny and very crazy Men In Black/Jump Street crossover storyline that we absolutely loved. Basically the idea was Jonah and Channing, something happened while they were doing their med school adventure that dragged them into the world of Men In Black and made them team up to stop some guy of alien takeover. It was very funny, it was crazy to try to manage these two franchises and not to drive them both into the ground seemed like a real challenge.

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Miller added:

“One of my favorite ideas was the Men In Black, the Black Suits were like martial arts belts that you had to put on in black and [the Jump Street guys] received Men In Black motorized blue suits.

Lord and Miller burst onto the scene, first and foremost, as animators. They created the cartoon sitcom clone high in 2002, which landed them their first feature film directing gig – the 2009 hit, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs. They made their live debut with 21 jump street in 2012. Most recently, they won Oscars for producing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verseand earlier this month launched the Apple TV+ murder mystery series the after party.

As the Skip the street movies, the men in black The franchise can also trace its origins to pre-existing intellectual property – it was based on a comic book series. Featuring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jonesthe original trilogy ran from 1997 to 2012. A reboot—Men in Black: International– stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompsonand debuted to terrible reviews in 2019.

Although Lord and Miller have not revealed any concrete plans for more Skip the street movies, they seemed to hint on the podcast that something might be in the works. Stay tuned to Collider for more updates!

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