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Men in Black Spin-off Enlists Fate of the Furious Director

Sony Pictures and Amblin Entertainment are in talks with director F. Gary Gray to helm the next Men in Black film, a spin-off set to relaunch the franchise.

Gray directed the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, which earned over $200 million on a budget of $28 million, and the 2017 movie The Fate of The Furious, which went on to gross over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Gray is no stranger to big budget films, as he made The Fate of The Furious for approximately $250 million.

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The untitled Men in Black spin-off was fast-tracked by Sony’s Columbia subsidiary last year based on a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The film will be produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer.

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Parkes, MacDonald and Spielberg worked on the 1997 original Men in Black. The success of that film spawned two sequels: 2002's Men in Black II and 2012's Men in Black 3. The franchise has earned over a billion dollars.

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The spin-off is expected to explore the original premise of a shadowy government organization policing a hidden alien population. As Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not expected to be a part of the film, the spin-off will highlight new characters within the Men in Black organization. There have not yet been any casting announcements for the film.

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The film has a targeted release date of June 14, 2019.

(via Deadline)

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