Men in Black III Production to Go On Hiatus
11.17.10 by BJSprecher
Even though Men in Black III only began filming yesterday after being delayed nearly a month, Sony is already planning on putting the production on hiatus for nearly two months. According to the LA Times, the production break, which will begin in December and last until sometime in February, has been confirmed by producer
Walter Parkes, who said that the hiatus has nothing to do with any of the recent rumors about in-fighting between series star Will Smith, director Barry Sonnenfeld and Sony.
We had to start shooting this year to take advantage of New York State tax incentives, but we also needed to be able to shoot certain exteriors in warmer weather. So back in July we had the idea to keep the start date but build in a hiatus so we could essentially extend the production to late spring.
A spokesperson for Sony confirmed Parkes' statement, but the Times also hypothesized that the delay might have something to do with the script of the movie, in addition to the reasons given by Parkes. According to the Times's anonymous sources, screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) has been brought in to work on a new draft of the script, which was originally written by Etan Cohen and David Koepp. Nathanson is said to be specifically working on "the story's time-travel component," which sees Agent J (Smith) traveling back to 1969, where he encounters a young Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones), to be played by Josh Brolin.
Other confirmed cast members include Emma Thompson, Betty White, Nicole Scherzinger and Jemaine Clement. Actors rumored to be joining the cast include Alec Baldwin, Gemma Arterton and Sharlto Copley.