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05.09.2016

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As we learned last month, MUPPETS MOST WANTED director James Bobin has been set by Sony to helm MIB 23, and the filmmaker recently talked a little about the MEN IN BLACK/21 JUMP STREET crossover movie during a conversation with CinemaBlend. Bobin says one of the challenges he faces with the project is combining the tones of the two franchises, but he's quite pleased with the script for the film.

The challenge is a tonal challenge. It really is. Because both worlds are so fantastic, and then it’s one of those things where you think, ‘How is this possibly going to work?’ And then you read the script and go, ‘I get it! This is amazing!’ It’s fantastic and it’s really fun. In a way I’m trying to imagine neither of those things exist before, and then what would it be together, and that ends with a very interesting place to be. But I love both worlds very much, and Jonah [Hill] and Channing [Tatum] are hilarious, so they’ll be just, you know!

An MIB/JUMP STREET flick could work, however I think Sony is kind of taking a risk here, since it could do more harm than good and damage both franchises. What would you like to see in MIB 23?

MIB 23 doesn't have a release date yet, but Bobin's latest directorial effort, Disney's ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, will be in theaters on May 27th.

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Source: CinemaBlend

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5:22AM on 05/10/2016
If they want to try to continue MIB without Smith and Jones then I suppose Tatum and Hill work about as well as anyone to step in as new recruits. I don't understand why you try to mash two franchises that even the director admits are tonally completely different though. I'll admit it's an interesting experiment, but I just don't see it ending well.
If they want to try to continue MIB without Smith and Jones then I suppose Tatum and Hill work about as well as anyone to step in as new recruits. I don't understand why you try to mash two franchises that even the director admits are tonally completely different though. I'll admit it's an interesting experiment, but I just don't see it ending well.
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4:54AM on 05/10/2016
Get ready for the inevitable James Bond/Bad Boys crossover after this film makes a ton of money.
Get ready for the inevitable James Bond/Bad Boys crossover after this film makes a ton of money.
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2:58AM on 05/10/2016
Sounds terrible.
Sounds terrible.
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12:54PM on 05/09/2016
This is the fucking 90s all over again except this time instead of serial killers, we get incoherent shared universe because fuck you that's why ! Is it so fucking difficult to just put out two separate films that cater to two different audiences ? Sony will make the money back either way in the long run. Didn't they learn anything from AMSP2, a perfectly good reboot blown away by greed, and now the same looks to be done again only with two series.
This is the fucking 90s all over again except this time instead of serial killers, we get incoherent shared universe because fuck you that's why ! Is it so fucking difficult to just put out two separate films that cater to two different audiences ? Sony will make the money back either way in the long run. Didn't they learn anything from AMSP2, a perfectly good reboot blown away by greed, and now the same looks to be done again only with two series.
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2:19AM on 05/11/2016
what's amsp2?
what's amsp2?
12:50PM on 05/09/2016
I don't get all the hate? This movie, if nothing else, is a major "outside of the box" experiment on behalf of the studio, which should always be encouraged, as normally everyone bitches that studios always play it safe. Noones ever tried molding two big franchises into one like this, and it's a wildly interesting concept... both franchises independently are decent on their own, but neither is so prestigious that they risk really ruining anything in the long run, plus both franchises are
I don't get all the hate? This movie, if nothing else, is a major "outside of the box" experiment on behalf of the studio, which should always be encouraged, as normally everyone bitches that studios always play it safe. Noones ever tried molding two big franchises into one like this, and it's a wildly interesting concept... both franchises independently are decent on their own, but neither is so prestigious that they risk really ruining anything in the long run, plus both franchises are fundamentally the same thing, so I'd imagine they'd fit together perfectly. The whole thing seems curiously natural to me... many people also said the concept of a shared universe would never work, now it's a standard...I'm not saying this should or ever will be a standard, but trying new things should ALWAYS be encouraged...and please don't tell me you're such an MOB or jump street "purist", that you just can't embrace a little franchise experimentation.

I also keep hearing comparisons to the The Ghostbusters reboot...that's a bad example because that is based on an EXTREMELY beloved series, and while there's no issue with an all female cast, the total reboot factor, and sloppy writing really seems to go to far. Ghostbusters is just too loved to mess with the formula...but mib? And Jump street? Both are marginal compared to some of the majors. Perfect fodder for experimentation.
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12:59PM on 05/09/2016
Because it's two different realities for starter. But mainly it's two separate audiences-one being kid friendly, the other catering to teens and adults. Its no different than Die Hard series getting dumbed down to PG-13 fare; it just doesn't work.
Because it's two different realities for starter. But mainly it's two separate audiences-one being kid friendly, the other catering to teens and adults. Its no different than Die Hard series getting dumbed down to PG-13 fare; it just doesn't work.
12:37PM on 05/09/2016
I enjoyed the first two. My question is, will it be Rated R? MIB was PG-13. If they want to make this movie appeal to both fan bases, I would assume they will water down to PG-13 especially if Smith and Jones return. I hope not.
I enjoyed the first two. My question is, will it be Rated R? MIB was PG-13. If they want to make this movie appeal to both fan bases, I would assume they will water down to PG-13 especially if Smith and Jones return. I hope not.
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9:35AM on 05/09/2016
Is that fact that nobody wants this film a 'challenge'?
Because I feel like that's a challenge..
Is that fact that nobody wants this film a 'challenge'?
Because I feel like that's a challenge..
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8:36AM on 05/09/2016
Talk about jumping the shark. Jeesh.
Talk about jumping the shark. Jeesh.
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