There’s no question that Will Smith is one of the biggest stars on the planet. One of his many memorable roles is as Agent J in both Men in Black movies, so when word came around that a Men in Black III was on the way, it was clear that Mr. Smith had to be involved for it to work.
Not so fast, kids.
According to reports, Smith is staring into the eyes of a major choice. One option is to reprise his role as Agent J in MiB III, which brings a huge payday considering the first two films have made over a billion dollars worldwide, or he can star in a movie called The City That Sailed.
This is the easiest decision ever made for fans, who all seem ready and excited for some more fun alien pursuit action, but there are complications involved. Smith has been doing a lot of work lately as a producer through his own Overbrook Films, and it is Overbrook who just so happen to be be behind the development of City That Sailed before 20th Century Fox picked up the property.
UPDATE:It looks like Mr. Brolin would indeed be playing a younger version of Jones’ K, with Will Smith’s J heading back in time somehow. To be fair, anything can work if handled properly, but at the moment, I for one am not a fan of this. Time travel is a gimmick and people don’t enjoy it unless it’s important enough to the story and if the reason for it makes sense. We’ve never seen time travel in Men in Black, so they would have to have a really cool reason for doing it. Does this mean that Jones isn’t coming back and they just wanted to retain the character?
Hero Complex has received word that Sony is considering Josh Brolin for a role in Men in Black III. No word yet on who the No Country For Old Men and Milk star would be playing in the movie, but whispers say that he could play a new recruit that one of MiB’s finest would have to train OR that he could be a younger Tommy Lee Jones character, though this is all speculation.
Men in Black III has not officially been greenlit yet, but they did hire Etan Cohen (Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder) to get the script written. All signs so far point to Will Smith being prepped and ready to return to the franchise if the ignition is fired up, but the return of Jones is still a big question mark.
District 9, the new film from director Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, is being released this Friday, August 14, 2009. With a nice little R-rating, there’s sure to be some heavy human/alien violence going down. In District 9, the aliens supposedly come in peace, but with most alien science fiction movies, that’s usually not the case. Quite the opposite, in fact.
So, in celebration of this new first-contact humans-meet-aliens film that’s getting rave reviews from all who’ve see it so far, we’ve decided to concoct a list of some of the most awesome scenes of aliens killing humans in film. Obviously, there’s been thousands of instances where an alien takes out a human in movies, so finding some of the more outstanding examples was not an easy task. Basically, the movies selected took a death and went a step further…or sometimes, a couple of steps further.
Whether the kill is just ultra-violent, or if it’s completely and disgustingly unique, if it makes viewers cringe when it happens, then it’s worthy of this list. Hopefully we’ve managed to feature some of the elite members of this category.
So without further delay, if you’re not one of the squeamish, click on over and check out our 7 Awesome Alien Kills In Film!
In a Parade Magazine Q&A session someone asked about the potential for a third Men in Black movie, considering how popular sequels are these days.
One question in particular was if there would be a third installment Men In Black, the popular scifi/action franchise starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
The answer wasn’t surprising: Yes — if producer Walter Parkes can arrange it.
“The challenge is getting the script right and finding a time when our busy stars are available,” says a source close to Parkes. “But everyone, including Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, wants to do another.”
An eternity of films has come to our eyes over the years. Together they’ve formed the foundations by which good movies are built, given us our most cherished filmmakers and performers, inspired generations to dream, and even just allowed people to simply escape to another world if but only for a couple of hours.
But what if some of the most celebrated movies in cinematic history were different? What if your favorite film of all time’s main star was played by someone else? How different would everything be if just one legend never even came to be legend? These are the questions I found myself asking while bored and on an e-adventure one day; I was surprised at just how many massive characters were almost played by other actors.
After my little adventure I decided that I should share these gems with you, my favorite peoples in the whole word.
Before we begin, I came across some amusing casting close calls that probably wouldn’t have affected the film too much one way or the other, but still worth mention. Like, for instance, did you know that the studios originally wanted greatest actor in the world Matthew McConaughey for Titanic, but James Cameron wanted Leonardo DiCaprio? Did you know that Stuart Townsend was offered and Daniel Day-Lewis turned down the role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy before Viggo Mortensen was brought in? I didn’t either. I rather enjoy thinking about a Day-Lewis Aragorn. Like Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans, but with a sweet beard, a sword, and an elven chick by his side instead of Madeline Stowe!
OK, that was fun. Now on with the show… Here’s a look at 12 of the craziest casting close-calls in cinematic history.