Still reeling from the news that MIB 23 (opens in new tab), a crossover movie between the Men in Black and 21 Jump Street franchises, is really happening? Sounds like director James Bobin is too. Speaking to CinemaBlend (opens in new tab), Bobin addressed the challenge of combining what seem to be incredibly disparate universes.
"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?'" Bobin said. "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."
The good news is that Bobin has experience combining strange ideas. As a writer and director of the two most recent Muppets films, he convinced audiences everywhere that foam-and-felt puppets lived in the real world, and as the creator and producer of Flight of the Conchords, he sold us on a New Zealand band making it big in New York City. In light of those accomplishments, pairing up adult cops pretending to be kids with alien-hunting government agents doesn't seem so hard.
A release date for Men in Black 23 has yet to be announced.