Screenwriter David Koepp Returns to Save Men in Black III Script
Posted 03.03.11 by Ryan
In December of last year, Men in Black III actor Josh Brolin revealed that he was pleased with the sequel's script, despite a looming two-month hiatus that would stop production from December until February and would reportedly allow screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (Rush Hour 3) time to re-work the original script written by Etan Cohen and David Koepp.
Another delay struck before production could resume in mid-February, with reports again citing writing issues. Prior to the February delay, Tommy Lee Jones revealed in an interview that "there are vast pieces of the script yet unwritten". Again, Brolin put on a positive, public front, telling MTV before last weekend's Oscars that everyone is "happy" about the script.
The script is fantastic. We're very, very happy. I wish I could read you this email that [director] Barry [Sonnenfeld] sent me. He's very happy, which makes me happy.
Sonnenfeld's happiness may be because Koepp has been brought back to work on the script. Deadline reports that Koepp is working on the sections of the script that have yet to be shot, primarily the time-travel sections involving Will Smith traveling back to 1969 and encountering Brolin, who plays a younger version of Jones. The recently cast Alice Eve will take part in these scenes, playing a younger version of Emma Thompson, who plays the new boss of the Men in Black organization.
The report states that studio Sony is pleased with the footage they've seen so far, had the time for the rewrites, and that Men in Black III will be delivered on time for its May 25, 2012 release date. That's good news, since, so far, it seems like Men in Black runs into trouble every other month. Perhaps Brolin will forward that email from Sonnenefeld so we'll feel better.