Sony Pictures is developing not one but two Jump Street films: a female-driven spin-off, and a Men in Black crossover for what is essentially 23 Jump Street.
The Wrap reports that Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs will write the female Jump Street. 21 and 22 Jump Street producer Neal Moritz and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will steer the direction of both that spin-off and the MIB crossover.
The crossover will take its shots at shared movie universes — just as 21 Jump Street played off the concept of reboots for laughs and 22 Jump Street had fun with the idea of sequels — by having stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum join the MIB to investigate aliens. This concept was originally revealed in leaked e-mails last year, and Lord more recently indicated that he was still pursuing the idea.
It is unclear whether or not Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones or Josh Brolin would reprise their Men in Black roles for the film.
The report speculates that Dakota Johnson could return for the female-driven Jump Street, since she already played an officer in the original film. It also suggests Aniello and Downs could farm female talent from Comedy Central, including cast members from Broad City.
Sony has also made plans to make a Ghostbusters movie with a similarly female-driven cast.
by Steve Watts