The "Men in Black" are returning, but they're going to look very different.
Will Smith (Agent J) and Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K) -- who starred in three MIB movies -- are not expected to return for Sony's upcoming spinoff. However, Deadline reports that the untitled film will be set in the same world and build on it.
The writers of "Iron Man," Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, penned a script, and the search is on for a director. Sony has already assigned the "Men in Black" spinoff a release date: May 17, 2019. As fans have noted, that would currently pit it against "John Wick: Chapter 3."
Producer Walter F. Parkes told Deadline, "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 spinoff is being executive produced by Steven Spielberg ... but he also executive produced the not-exactly-blockbuster "Transformers: The Last Knight," which was also written by "Art and Matt."
Fans aren't sold on this spinoff yet:
— Krystal.Clearr (@KrystalClearr_) September 29, 2017
NO MORE REBOOTS/REMAKES/DECADE LONG SEQUELS!!
Leave Hocus Pocus, Charlie's Angels and #MenInBlack alone. Come up with something original
— Jasmine Black (@jbdd1293) September 29, 2017
— Curiousjoi ???? (@curiousjoi) September 29, 2017
There's a new #MenInBlack film coming, but that #21JumpStreet crossover is apparently dead.
Sony have slated it to release 17th May 2019... the same day as #JohnWick3.
Guns at the ready! pic.twitter.com/TFtJyReSGT
— JUMPCUT ONLINE (@JUMPCUT_ONLINE) September 29, 2017
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