The 23 Jump Street Men in Black Crossover is Happening

James Bobin is in talks to direct Sony Pictures 23 Jump Street Men in Black crossover movie

One of the more unusual movie ideas that was leaked during the 2014 terrorist hack on Sony Pictures was for a 23 Jump Street Men in Black crossover movie. Today, Variety has an update on the project, claiming that the feature film is moving forward with James Bobin (Flight of the ConchordsThe Muppets) in talks to direct.

“Nothing’s changed,” Phil Lord told MTV shortly after the story broke. “It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible… We’re really focusing on what’s a great story for Schmidt and Jenko and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time!”

“[I]t’s definitely a really interesting concept that makes you think,” Chris Miller told us last year. “Talking about it, developing it with Jonah [Hill] and Channing [Tatum] and Rodney [Rothman] and the studio, we can’t just do the, ‘Hey, it’s the same thing again’ schtick because we did that already.”

Interestingly enough, Miller also revealed that he considers the entire roster of sequels featured in the 22 Jump Street end credits part of the official franchise continuity.

“Those are canon, all 22 sequels,” he said. “If we’re going to do something, it’s got to be different but still have that same very specific Jump Street flavor to it.”

James Bobin’s latest, Alice Through the Looking Glass, hits the big screen May 27. A followup to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the new film features the return of stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and more.

Check back for further updates on the 23 Jump Street Men in Black crossover movie as they become available.