F Gary Gray In Talks To Direct MEN IN BLACK Reboot
Deadline reports that director F. Gary Gray has been hired to helm a new iteration of “MEN IN BLACK” for Sony Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. This new film was scripted by “IRON MAN” writers Matt Holloway & Art Marcum with the studio already green lighting the project based on their first draft of the script.
F. Gary Gray has previously helmed “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON” and “THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS” for Universal Pictures. The latter was the third highest grossing film of 2017 which took in approximately $1.2 billion worldwide. His other film credits include “FRIDAY”, “SET IT OFF”, “THE NEGOTIATOR”, “LAW ABIDING CITIZEN” and “THE ITALIAN JOB.”
This new “MEN IN BLACK” film will be grounded in the original premise, of a covert government agency policing and monitoring alien life whom have been integrated into planet earth’s population by hiding in plain sight disguised as humans. “MEN IN BLACK” is based off the comic book series of the same name by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers.
Sony Pictures has plans for the new film to relaunch the “MEN IN BLACK” franchise which will have a new cast and storyline and not feature recurring actors Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones from the previous MIB films. Smith and Jones’ story has apparently ended and run their course up until the end of the third film, “MEN IN BLACK 3”, which concluded back in 2012.
Sony Pictures is already looking for more franchises to release after the positive response audiences had with their recent film, “JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE.” The studio has set a summer June 14, 2019 release date for the new “MEN IN BLACK” spinoff. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the film along with Amblin Entertainment’s Steven Spielberg who will be executive producing.