Sony Pictures has pushed its untitled Men in Black spinoff movie from late spring to early summer 2019.
The project is now targeted for release on June 14, 2019, instead of May 17, 2019, as originally announced. The change allows the film to distance itself from John Wick: Chapter Three, and move it closer to Warner Bros.' planned Shaft remake.
The untitled Men in Black spinoff was fast-tracked by Sony's Columbia subsidiary last year based on a script by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The film is expected to 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, launching a billion-dollar franchise.
There is no director attached, and Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are not expected to be a part of the film. Instead of focusing on Agents J and K, the spinoff is expected to highlight new characters within the Men In Black organization. The movie will also move away from New York City in order to take on a more global focus.