Men in Black Spinoff Set for 2019 Release
Posted 2017/09/30 1957 0
Sony has approved a Men in Black spin-off that will be fast tracked in an attempt to hit a release date of May 17, 2019.
The Men in Black spin-off is being developed by Sony Pictures with Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum penning the script, and has staked out a release date of May 17, 2019. According to Deadline, “Holloway & Marcum have scripted a contemporary sci-fi pic about the secret black clad force that protects earth from the alien scum of the universe, focusing on new characters chasing villains that put the picture on more of a global scale than the two previous films. The ambition is akin to the way that Jurassic World rebooted and expanded that franchise.”
Veteran producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who produced the first three MiB films as well as movies like Catch Me If You Can and Flight, are attached to produce, and Steven Spielberg will be returning as executive producer. With a script and release date set, Sony is now turning its attention to directors and expects to settle on someone shortly. It was originally thought that the newest installment for Men in Black would be a 21 Jump Street mashup, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's characters in place of Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, but that is apparently not the case anymore. Though, the MIB Jump Street idea is reportedly still in development and could still happen at some point in the future. As previously mentioned, the Men in Black spin-off is top priority for Sony and has been placed on the fast track for the studio. Producer Walter F. Parkes confirmed the spin-off to Deadline and had this to say.
“It’s so rare to get to the end of the script and know you’re holding a movie in your hands – but Art and Matt have written a spinoff that somehow is true to the core of the MIB world, and yet expands the franchise to a fresh new place.”
The last time we saw the Men in Black on screen was 2012’s MIB 3, which came nearly 10 years after the previous sequel and featured a confusing and convoluted time travel plot. The suits still fit Smith and Jones like a glove, and the two stars charmed their way to dethroning The Avengers at the box office, earning $624 million globally. However as the two stars got older and explored prestige and indie dramas, discussions came and went of “reinvigorating” the franchise with a female agent or the aforementioned crossover. It seems that Smith, now 49, and Jones, now 71, won’t be donning the old suits and sunglasses again.