Men in Black III Suffers Yet Another Delay
02.16.11 by Ryan
Men in Black III is being delayed. Again.
Put on hiatus in December, shooting was scheduled to resume this week in New York, but The LA Times reports it's being delayed again. Producer Walter Parkes previously explained that the December hiatus was put in place because the production "needed to be able to shoot certain exteriors in warmer weather," but the latest delay is for an entirely different reason.
According to the Times report, shooting will resume on March 28 due to "script issues," an anonymous source claims. A Sony spokesperson told the publication that the delays will not affect the sequel's release date.
The script for Men in Black III has changed hands several times. Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) was the first writer hired to pen a draft, with David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Angels and Demons) brought in for rewrites last June.
Once the hiatus was announced, screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) was brought in to work on yet another draft, one that apparently isn't ready. In a recent interview, Men in Black star Tommy Lee Jones admitted that "there are vast pieces of the script yet unwritten," which does seem to be a cause for alarm. The story for the third installment involves time-travel, with Will Smith heading back to 1969 and encountering a younger Jones, played by Josh Brolin. When Brolin was asked last December whether he was pleased with the script, Brolin responded: "It's not Jonah Hex."
Men in Black III is scheduled to open on May 25, 2012 (so far), with Barry Sonnenfeld, the director of the first two Men in Black movies, returning to the director's chair (eventually). Emma Thompson, Betty White, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jemaine Clement co-star.