It has been officially confirmed that a new Men In Black film is in the works – though fans of the original franchise could be in for a couple of surprises.
Will Smith won’t be returning, according to Deadline, with studio bosses over at Sony and Amblin looking to reboot the franchise for a whole new generation of fans, which means no Agent J or K.
F. Gary Gray has already been earmarked to direct the film, which could see the films head off in a slightly different direction to Barry Sonnenfeld’s previous efforts.
Gray’s most notable successes to date include the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton and, more recently, 2017’s The Fate of the Furious which went on to gross $1.2 billion worldwide.
He’s also been responsible for the Friday comedy movie franchise and action efforts like The Negotiator and Law Abiding Citizen, which makes him a solid choice for the project.
Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, who made their name writing the first Iron Man movie, have penned the script which will serve as a reboot and spin-off from the original trilogy, though this time more grounded in the original comic book series.
Alas, that also means that any hopes of a potential cross-over with the 21 Jump Street movies with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have all but disappeared.
There’s no word yet on casting for the new movie, though it’s likely that Gray will be tasked with introducing a younger set of characters with a view to rolling out a string of new Men In Black movies.
And while Smith is unlikely to be involved as the main star of any new entry, that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t return in some capacity either in the new instalment or in any additional entries.
There’s no word on whether he, or anyone else for that matter, will be doing a soundtrack song.
Plans for the new Men In Black have been accelerated by the success of the Jumanji reboot starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black.
The film exceeded all expectations at the box office and even came close to rivalling Star Wars: The Last Jedi with cinema-goers.
Men In Black was released back in 1997 – you can find out what happened to the original cast of the movie here.