Right out of the gate Sony has shown interest in bringing back Men in Black as a trilogy. The original film was a huge success, but it would be five years before Men in Black II was released, and another 10 years before Men in Black III would hit theaters.
It doesn’t seem like the studio will repeat the same process anytime soon, and have turned to married producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald to relaunch the franchise as a trilogy. But it doesn’t look like Will Smith will be returning in any sort of capacity, producing or otherwise. More on this story below.
If anything Chris Miller and Phil Lord should be on the top of Sony’s list to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3. They are the ones to go to if you want to turn a genuinely bad idea into a thriving franchise. But given the current situation with Spider-Man, that might not actually happen. Which is a good thing, because it gives the two the opportunity to work on a preposterous idea like mashing the 21 Jump Street franchise with the Men in Black franchise. Sounds completely out of this world, but if you want to get something like that done right, you definitely talk to Lord and Miller about it.
While it sounds like something Internet rumors would cook up, it actually came from one of the leaked e-mails during the Sony hack last month. Now seems that Miller and Lord are actually intrigued by the idea, and are addressing those rumors for a possible film.
Below is a video of Lord and Miller talking to MTV about the Sony hack, the 21 Jump Street/Men In Black crossover, and more.
Earlier today came news that director Marc Webb might not be able to return to make The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony Pictures due to a contractual agreement with Fox.
The news came from Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad, who took part in a lengthy, information-filled interview recently. In addition to the Spider-Man bit, he also shared the studios’ hopes for upcoming projects, including sequels and remakes.