James Bobin
James Bobin has confirmed he's set to direct upcoming Men In Black/21 Jump Street mash-up MIB 23 Frazer Harrison / Getty

Earlier this year, news emerged that Sony Pictures were eyeing up Muppets Most Wanted director James Bobin to helm their ambitious new project MIB 23, a film set to see the movie worlds of both Men In Black and 21 Jump Street come together on-screen. In a recent interview with Collider, the filmmaker confirmed he is officially on-board.

While promoting the upcoming sequel Alice Through The Looking Glass in London on May 8, Bobin opened up about MIB 23 and explained why he's so keen to take on the crossover challenge, saying: "It's very early stages, obviously, but I've always loved the Men in Black world. Channing [Tatum] and Jonah [Hill] in 21 Jump Street are just so funny. Those guys and their world makes me laugh every time I think about it. That's always a good sign for a film."

When MIB 23 will eventually reach cinemas is very much in the air, however Bobin did reveal that the film is set to start shooting later this year. The plot of the movie appears to be under wraps and, considering that the third Men In Black sequel featured time travel (and aliens obviously), it's anyone's guess as to what MIB's focus, or preferred time, period will be.

21 Jump Street
Stars of the Jump Street franchise, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, are yet to officially sign on to the project SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT

Similarly, with the whole cast yet to be announced, it is unknown whether Men In Black frontman Will Smith will appear, however, it looks as if 21 Jump Street leads Tatum and Hill are already on board. Regardless of the stars and the story, Bobin's work on The 11 O'Clock Show, Da Ali G Show and Flight Of The Conchords puts him in pole position to work his comedic magic on the film.

In the meantime, Alice Through The Looking Glass is set to be released in both UK and US cinemas on 27 May 2016.

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