Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald revealed Sony’s plans to revive the “Men in Black” franchise with a new trilogy sans Will Smith during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
When asked if there had been talk of “Men in Black” under the new Sony regime, Parkes confirmed, “We’re in the middle of it. It’s very active.”
“It will be reinvented as a trilogy,” MacDonald added.
The original “Men in Black” invaded theaters in 1997, finishing its box office run with a worldwide gross of over $587 million. The first sequel arrived in 2002 and grossed $442 million. The last installment, “Men in Black 3,” hit theaters in 2012 and starred franchise veterans Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones alongside newcomer Josh Brolin.
Talk of a fourth film surfaced in 2013, though ultimately nothing came of it. More recently, leaked e-mails from the Sony e-mail hack seemed to indicate the studio was looking into a crossover between “Men in Black” and their popular “Jump Street” franchise, though this too never panned out.
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