A 'Men in Black' Spinoff Movie is Coming From the 'Iron Man' Writers

Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 4:52PM
Iron Man
Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 4:52PM
A 'Men in Black' Spinoff Movie is Coming From the 'Iron Man' Writers
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1997's Men in Black was such a huge cultural phenomenon when it first came out, it's almost easy to forget that Columbia Pictures made two more films later on. Neither sequel was bad, per se, they just weren't the original and never got quite as much love.

But the world's premiere alien-chasing, memory-erasing government organization isn't retiring themselves just yet, as Sony (which owns Columbia Pictures) has just announced that a new Men in Black spinoff film is in the works according to Deadline, to be written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum with a planned 2019 release date. Details are scarce otherwise, but we do know a few things.

The key word there is "spinoff," because the movie is reportedly dropping Agents J and K, in favor of new agents in the wider Men in Black universe. There's a good chance of Will Smith and/or Tommy Lee Jones stopping by for at least a cameo, but Sony seemed pretty clear that they won't be starring in the new film, although they haven't announced any new stars just yet.

We won't see Rip Torn as Chief Zed either, since Zed was vaguely killed off-screen before Men in Black 3 started; and besides, Torn is even older than Tommy Lee Jones, who had to let Josh Brolin run around as Agent K for the majority of the third film. Frank the Pug and the worm guys are more likely inclusions.



The only attached names so far, writing partners Holloway and Marcum, are most well known for co-writing the Iron Man movie which jumpstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as other superhero movies like Punisher: War Zone. The only other major writing credit they share is the recent Transformers: The Last Knight, so here's hoping they create another Iron Man quality movie, and not a Transformers quality one. The fate of the franchise may depend on it.

While this does confirm a rumor from a couple years ago that Sony wanted to reboot the Men in Black franchise without Smith, it might also end the planned crossover between Men in Black and the 21 Jump Street films. That absurd crossover movie got as far as negotiations with a possible director, and might have actually worked out, considering how no one expected the Jump Street films to be as great as they were. 

Sony hasn't explicitly said this new spinoff isn't that crossover, but they're treating it like a whole different movie, and it's easy to picture a major studio getting cold feet about a bizarre idea like that, and deciding on another standard reboot instead. 

We'll find out soon enough, because the movie is being fast-tracked, and already has a planned release date of May 17, 2019. So try not to get neuralyzed before then.
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