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