Sony's taking its Ghostbusters strategy and running with it: the studio is reportedly working on a new 21 Jump Street spin-off that will feature women in the lead roles. According to a report from The Tracking Board, the studio has signed Broad City writers Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs to work on the script, which is said to be similar "in tone" to the two films from writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The studio generated a tremendous amount of excitement when it announced it was making a new Ghostbusters film with director Paul Feig that would feature a team of ghostbusting women. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are cast in that film, and it's clear Sony sees an opportunity to do something similar here. However, it does raise the rather obvious question of why Sony — or any studio — can't jumpstart a new female-driven franchise without feeling the need to fall back on bro-centric source material in the first place. But in any case, moves like this at least put Sony ahead of Marvel and its poor track record.
'Jump Street' and... aliens?
Also like the Ghostbusters strategy, Sony is reportedly looking to create an entire expanded universe of Jump Street films that will even overlap with other studio properties. The Wrap reports that a 21 Jump Street crossover with Men in Black, an idea that came to widespread attention after being mentioned in some of the leaked Sony emails from last year's hack, is officially in development. It's the kind of idea that seems absolutely terrible on its face, but Lord and Miller have built their careers on meta-comedy and making some of the most ludicrous ideas possible magically work. Of course, between a new animated Spider-Man and a slew of other projects they've got more than enough on their plate — but let's be real. Do we really need another shared movie universe, anyway?