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Sony wants to combine 'Jump Street' and 'Men in Black'

Reported to hit theaters sometime in 2016 or 2017, a crossover of the "Jump Street" and "Men in Black" franchises would star Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum fighting aliens.

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Sun's out, guns out. Here come the new Men in Black, fresh off of "Jump Street." Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

In the whimsical world of strange movie mashups, Sony Pictures plans to throw Schmidt and Jenko from the "Jump Street" series into the world of Jay and Kay from "Men in Black," a report on the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog suggests.

According to the post, emails leaked online as part of the Sony hack reveal that an upcoming "Jump Street" movie is planned with stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill plunging into the sci-fi world of "Men in Black." The blog quotes an email from Columbia Pictures President of Production Hannah Minghella saying the idea would be greenlit without a script based solely on "the concept and the talent involved."

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed "21 Jump Street" and "22 Jump Street," were tapped to produce and possibly direct the crossover movie, the emails suggest. Former "Men in Black" stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will likely not be involved with the film.

In an email to Pascal quoted in the post, Hill himself seems stoked to do the Men in Black crossover, calling the concept "clean and rad and powerful." According to Speakeasy, the movie has a lot of executive support and may come to theaters sometime in 2016 or 2017.

If a "Jump Street"-"Men in Black" crossover does indeed come to be, let's hope that the result is "clean and rad and powerful" and not just gimmicky like many other crossovers out there. If it stinks, perhaps those who end up seeing it will wish the Neuralyzer prominently featured in "Men in Black" were real and ready to erase our memories of ever having watched it.