According to Deadline, F. Gary Gray is the #1 choice to direct the new Men in Black movie, and now negotiations are underway for him to take on helming duties. Gray's credits include The Italian Job, A Man Apart and Law Abiding Citizen, but in recent years he's made waves with 2015's Straight Outta Compton and 2017's The Fate of the Furious. If a deal is finalized, this Men in Black movie will be another way for him to strengthen his blockbuster resume. Iron Manwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcun penned the script.
Ever since Men in Black 3 came out, Sony has been trying to bring back the Men in Black series back to the big screen. A direct sequel, i.e. Men in Black 4, was kicked around for a bit, but with neither Will Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones returning, it appears that's been set aside. Then there was MIB23, a crossover which would have seen some MIB agents teaming up with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's 21 Jump Street characters. It's unclear if that bonkers project could still happen, but for now, Sony has settled on this new Men in Black movie, which is described as a "spinoff" that will continue following the basic premise of a covert organization filled with well-dressed operatives who make sure Earth's alien population stays hidden in plain sight from the general public. The movie will feature an all-new cast of characters, so if it helps, think of this as Men in Black: The Next Generation.
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