The Men In Black property has been stuck in limbo for 5 years waiting to make their next move. The science-fiction action-comedy series would get off to the best possible start with the 1997 original, casting Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as a pair of secret agents out to control rogue aliens on the streets of America.
That hit spawned the 2002 sequel Men In Black II and a third installment a full decade later with Men In Black 3 opening in 2012. Now Deadline report that a spinoff has been earmarked, but it will have no involvement from Agents J and K whatsoever.
Same But Different - Studio Sends Out Positive MiB Message
Following the same principle as Jurassic World by reimagining a vintage feature and rebranding it for a bigger stage, this picture will be walking a fine line between nostalgia and venturing into new territory.
This is what Deadline explain with their take.
"(A) contemporary sci-fi pic about the black-clad secret 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 previous films."
Producer Walter F. Parkes would go on the record to vouch for screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, two men who already have fulfilled their obligation. Despite a mixed bag that includes Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight, he believes the duo have struck the right chord.
"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."
MiB-Jump Street Crossover Appears Dead
There was some excitement circulating that the fourth edition would be a continuation of the 21 Jump Street world, using Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as the new agents. As the latter told the press back in March, he was more optimistic than expectant that would take place.
"I had the idea. But I doubt that movie will get made. It's too complicated," Hill admitted. "They're trying to make all the deals, but it's kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff. The Jump Street films were so fun to make and the whole joke of them was they were making fun of remakes and sequels and reboots and then now it's become a giant sequel, reboot. It's almost become what we were making fun of and it's hard to maintain that joke when it's so high stakes. I love Channing and I love (directors) Phil Lord and Chris Miller and I love making those movies, they're a lot of fun. So I hope it works out."
The spinoff Men In Black will land in theaters on May 17, 2019.