Sony has hired the writers of Broad City - Lucia Aniello nd Paul Downs - to write one of two scripts that will take the 'Jump Street' franchise in a new direction. The studio has commissioned both a female-oriented spinoff and a franchise crossover with Men in Black - an idea originally outlined after the e-mail hack.

Jump StreetJonah Hill [L] and Channing Tatum [R] starred in 21 Jump Street and it's hugely successful sequel

Aniello and Downs will write the female spin-off, featuring the same comedic style and tone as 21 Jump Street and its hugely successful sequel, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

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In another movie, Hill and Tatum will enter the Men in Black universe to investigate aliens on planet earth. The first took movies grossed over $530 million for Sony, meaning the franchise was always likely to continue in some form. Men in Black 3 grossed $624 million worldwide though it's unclear whether its stars Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith will team-up with the Jump Street guys for the spin-off. It remains unlikely.

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As for the female spin-off - Anielle and Downs have helped Broad City become a huge hit on Comedy Central and Sony could recruit talent from the network including Amy Schumer, Jessica Williams, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jackson. Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson actually played an officer in the first Jump Street movie, so could return to lead a female cast.

Sony continues to invest more in female driven casts and recently landed Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon for Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.

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