In terms of audience anticipation, all that Men in Black III has to do is not repeat the mistakes of 2002's Men in Black II and the third installment can be considered some kind of success. It's simple — be more like the first Men in Black and no one will remember how the movie went on hiatus so that the script could be finished and the other production delays that have looked like a cause for alarm for a big-budget production. "We knew starting the movie that we didn't have a finished second or third act," director Barry Sonnenfeld recently told Empire Magazine (via The Playlist). "Was it responsible? The answer is, if this movie does as well as I think it will, it was genius. If it's a total failure, then it was a really stupid idea."
As we said before, all that Men in Black III has to accomplish is to avoid being as awful as Men in Black II was universally seen to be, and, so far, the movie's trailers look like Sonnenfeld and company has pulled it off. The key is Josh Brolin, whose uncanny impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones should prove entertaining as the 1960s version of Jones' Agent K, though it's likely that younger audiences are going to love watching Will Smith's Agent J say things like "shiznit" in the sequel's latest trailer. watch the trailer >> Posted 03.05.12 by Ryan
Initially plagued by delays and the need for multiple re-writes — Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) wrote the initial script, with David Koepp (Jurassic Park), Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) and Michael Soccio (TV's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) providing successive drafts — director Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black III (MIB3) managed to wrap principal photography only one month later than initially planned. However, it's now going on six months since the movie entered post-production and MIB3 has virtually dropped off of the entertainment news radar. In fact, until a set of teaser posters showed up in theaters over the weekend, we pretty much forgot that the movie was still in the pipeline.
The cryptic new posters have yet to be released online, but thankfully Collider managed to snap a picture of the poster featuring Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), and FirstShowing shot the poster featuring Agent J (Will Smith) and posted them online. Since the photos of the posters were shot in theater lobbies, they suffer a bit in quality, but after scrutinizing them we have discovered that hidden amidst the "MIB3" logos that make up the images is the URL for a new viral marketing campaign for the movie. What is "The Men in Black Are Real"? >> Posted 11.28.11 by BrentJS
The production of Men in Black III has gone back to work.
The sequel has suffered through several delays, the first pushed the start of production from September to mid-November, at which point the first third of the movie was shot in New York. The last delay was scheduled so that the script could be rewritten, first by Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) and secondly by David Koepp (Jurassic Park). Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) wrote the initial draft, the first third of which was shot last year. another serious cast member joins Men in Black III >> Posted 04.14.11 by Ryan
The many delays for the upcoming Men in Black III have caused Alec Baldwin to leave the production. "I'm not doing that. I'm out of it; the schedule didn't work out," Baldwin recently told Vulture. The actor was set to play the boss of the 1969 MiB in the time traveling sequel, and his exit is just one of a few frustrating issues surrounding the movie.
Originally set to start shooting in September of last year, the first delay pushed the start date to mid-November, seemingly to take advantage of "recent changes affecting New York State film incentives." In mid-November, a day after shooting began, Sony announced that, starting in December, the movie would undergo a two-month hiatus and resume in February, allowing screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) to rewrite the script.
In February, instead of resuming production, Men in Black III was again delayed until March 28, with reports later revealing that screenwriter David Koepp was being brought in write the sections of the script that had not yet been shot, specifically the time-traveling scenes. Somewhere along the way, Baldwin jumped ship, perhaps due to scheduling and perhaps for another reason as well: there was no script. What's going on here? >> Posted 03.16.11 by Ryan
Production on Men in Black III was set to begin in September, but two delays have shut down production until mid-November. While a source told The New York Post that the delay was caused by "fighting" between star Will Smith, director Barry Sonnenfeld, and the producers, a representative from Sony Pictures offered the publication a different reason for the delay. delays explained and cast revealed >> Posted 10.14.10 by Ryan
Director Barry Sonnenfeld had previously suggested that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were set to return for Men in Black 3 and he was not wrong. more Men In Black 3 details >> Posted 05.11.10 by Ryan
The last we heard about Men in Black 3 was that the stars of the two previous movies were otherwise engaged. Will Smith was supposedly deciding between putting on the dark shades and suit vs. The City That Sailed—a family movie being done by his own production studio, and Tommy Lee Jones was being replaced by Josh Brolin.
Well, now word is coming from franchise director Barry Sonnenfeld that not only is Smith coming back for the trilogy, but he's already signed on. Sonnenfeld also confided that curmudgeonly co-star Jones is ready to don the dark suit again as well.
They're planning a 3-D romp this time, and even if you're not enamored with the third dimension, this type of movie is primed for that technology, and its inclusion should add to the fun, not just the price of a ticket. Posted 04.22.10 by reelz