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Back in September it was announced that Sony plans to “reinvent” the Men in Black franchise with a new trilogy, and producer Laurie MacDonald has revealed that the fourth female in the franchise will feature a prominent female lead.
“There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film],” MacDonald told BBC Newsbeat, with her husband and producing partner Walter Parkes adding that: “We are quite early on in it. We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. Now we are looking at a reinvention.”
While the pair had previously suggested Will Smith would be absent from the new trilogy, Parkes teased a potential return for Agent J, stating: “Never count Will out.”
- Gary Collinson
The producers of “Men in Black 4” hopes to reinvigorate the franchise by adding a female agent to the mix.
According to the BBC, producer Laurie MacDonald promises that “there will be a prominent Woman in Black in the fourth [film],” which she’s developing with husband Walter Parkes. While 1997’s “Men in Black” seemingly inducted Linda Fiorentino’s character into the agency at the end of the film, she was conspicuously absent from the two sequels. “Men in Black II” featured Lara Flynn Boyle as the villainous Serleena, but the franchise has yet to have a female agent take a lead role.
Original franchise star Will Smith is currently not attached to the project, but Parkes hedged that the actor could be lured back, telling the BBC, “Never count Will out.”
The original movies centered around Smith’s Agent J and his alien-hunting partner K (Tommy Lee Jones) as they tracked »
- Laura Prudom
The BBC news beat report that Sony Pictures is developing "Men in Black 4" with the intention to feature a lead female character for the new film. "There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film]," said producer Laurie MacDonald. MacDonald’s producing partner and husband Walter Parkes said, “We are quite early on in it," he said. "We sort of looked at the first three in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy."
Parkes continued, "We tried to tell a story about those two characters and that relationship," Parkes said. "It sounds silly because it's a fun, science fiction comedy but when you work on these things you sort of try to find some thematic basis underneath it. Now we are looking at a reinvention," Parkes added. "But it's a wonderful world to get back into." On the inclusion of actor Will Smith appearing in the future sequel, »
- J.B. Casas
"Men in Black" has always been a boys club, as the title suggests, but the film's producer promises the next film will feature a woman in a leading role. Vulture is reporting that "Men in Black" producer Laurie Macdonald has plans to introduce a female lead into the forth installment of the franchise. While the film is still in early development, Macdonald said the new film will start to shift the focus off of Agent J and Agent K's story line, to a new, possibly female agent. I'm surprised the studio didn't just reboot the "Men in Black" universe with all women and call it "Women in Black". It would have been a very on trend move, in light of both the new female-led "Ghostbusters" and "Oceans 11" films. With this news, and the fact that "Men in Black" now shares a universe with the "21 Jumpstreet" franchise, the future of the »
- Lauren Gallaway
Back in September, producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald revealed that their languishing sequel Men in Black 4 will actually reinvent the entire franchise, with plans for a new reboot trilogy. The producers also revealed that original stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will likely not be back to reprise their roles as Agent J and Agent K, but very little is known about the story at this time. The producers recently spoke with BBC News Beat, where Laurie MacDonald revealed that they are eyeing a "prominent" female character to become a new agent.
"There will be a prominent woman in black in the fourth [film]."
Back in May 2013, screenwriter Oren Uziel signed on to write the screenplays for both Men in Black 4 and 22 Jump Street, which was released last year. Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed that the studio was considering a Jump Street and Men in Black crossover, »
Men In Black 3’s $624 million box office haul back in 2012 proved that it is still a hot Hollywood commodity. Since then there have been several rumors about the direction that a potential fourth instalment will take. Both Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith have insisted that they’ll “consider” returning, while there has previously been speculation that the property may be rebooted without the pair. Men In Black’s producers came out and revealed a new facet to the franchise, confirming that it will feature a prominent woman in black. The producing team of Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes, who worked on the first three instalments to the Men In Black franchise, and are doing just the same on the fourth film, too, made this admission to Newsbeat after being quizzed about its status. McDonald revealed: There will be a prominent woman in black in »
Mike Colter's portrayal of Luke Cage will debut later this week in Marvel's Jessica Jones series, but it appears the Men In Black 3 actor is still very much in the middle of filming his standalone Marvel Netflix series. And now some photos have surfaced from the New York City set and they capture the Power Man himself looking pretty dapper in a suit as walk he walks the streets of Harlem. Check out the photos below, and be sure to see Colter as Luke Cage in the Jessica Jones series which starts streaming on Netflix November 20, and look for the Hero for Hire going solo next year. After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and »
At the time of writing, Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange is almost a year from release, and with Marvel’s fantastical standalone film fast-approaching its due date, The Hollywood Reporter has word that Michael Stuhlbarg is on the verge of joining the cast in an unspecified role.
Best known for playing a ruthless crime boss in HBO’s acclaimed bootlegging drama Boardwalk Empire and, more recently, as the engineer Andy Hertzfeld in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs drama, today’s casting tidbit could mean that Stuhlbarg is headed for Marvel’s quantic realm, where he’ll star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and The Martian‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor.
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- Michael Briers
Will Smith has been a major box office earner for nearly two decades, but recent years have seen some low points in the star’s career, with 2012’s Men in Black 3 and 2013’s After Earth both underperforming. Though the star is known primarily for big summer blockbusters, he has received recognition from the Academy for his work in serious dramas.
This year, with the release of the controversial football-centered film Concussion, Smith is hoping to reassert himself as a serious actor and garner further attention from Oscar. With a Christmas release slated for the film, however, it will have stiff competition at not just the box office, but for awards season momentum as David O. Russell‘s Joy, Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight, Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, and Adam McKay‘s The Big Short are all opening that week with big Oscar potential. »
- Patrick Shanley
You’ve never seen such a compelling, entertaining movie about a genius jerk. As smart and as sleek as a Macbook Pro, and a compulsory bit of modern history. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast and Danny Boyle; huge Mac devotee
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Steve Jobs: Genius. Visionary. Asshole. Steve Jobs is not a traditional biography of the Apple founder and, after it went off the rails in the late 1980s and early 90s, its returning hero and savior. We don’t peek in on his childhood, or on the battle with pancreatic cancer that he eventually lost. This is much narrower, the tale of how one man revolutionized the computer industry and as a result, you know, changed the world. Jobs wasn’t an engineer or a »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Isaac Gabaeff Interview
One of the films we loved most at this year’s Frightfest was The Sand. On paper it sounds exactly like the sort of thing you find on the SyFy channel in the middle of the night – man-eating sand attacks group of teenagers – yet the reality is something rather special. The Sand is a high concept horror that whilst never taking itself too seriously also manages to remain grounded in reality.
We’ve already brought you an interview with one of the films co-writers Alex Greenfield (if you missed it give it a read now) and now we can exclusively share an interview with the film’s director Isaac Gabaeff. Isaac has worked within the film industry for a number of years and has been a vital part of the set team for several high profile productions including The Following, Mr Robot and Men in Black 3. »
- Kat Hughes
According to the IMDb, another Men in Black film is already in the works, with Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street) wielding the pen. The catch? Will Smith has said he’s finished with the franchise. The star, whose turn as NYPD-maverick-turned-galactic-peacekeeper Agent J helped cement his status as the King of July Fourth, feels that three Mib movies is enough for him. And it’s difficult to argue with that — trilogies have a poetic symmetry that’s lacking in series like, say, the Rocky films. That’s particularly true here, since 2012’s Men in Black 3 did such a deft job providing full-circle closure to the relationship between J and his mentor, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones).
Yet the producers are going ahead with a four-peat. So, if Smith doesn’t play J, who does? Or does J have to show up at all?
There have been some rumors floating around both possibilities. »
- Adrienne Ryan
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Oct. 17 will launch a Careers in Film Summit, which brings industry pros (above and below the line) to talk with students from the L.A. Unified School District. The day-long program includes six panel discussions.
It will take place at the Goldwyn Theatre in the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. The event is sold out, but there will be a waiting line, with free tickets given to individuals with student ID if possible.
Opening the program will be comments from Jana Babatunde-Bey, COO of Overbrook Entertainment; Mike Muse, who was named millennial entrepreneur champion of the Sba’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative; and Randy Haberkamp, the Academy’s managing director of preservation and foundation programs.
- Tim Gray
UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb
It wasn't all bad for Simon Cowell's singing competition though, as its latest Six Chair Challenge instalment rose to a Sunday peak this series. It climbed to an average overnight audience of 7.14m (29.7%) at 7pm on ITV (443,000/1.9% on +1).
Elsewhere on ITV, the France vs Ireland game at the Rugby World Cup scored 4.05m (25.1%) at 4.30pm, while Downton Abbey rose slightly from last week to 7.04m (30.3%) at 9pm (498k/3.3%).
Nasa helped make The Martian. But it also advised on Men in Black III. So what exactly is its relationship with movies? And can the truth survive blockbuster blast-off? The agency’s director of planetary science reveals all
A rumour started a few years ago that Nasa routinely screened Armageddon to new recruits. Not because the asteroid-smashing Michael Bay epic was in any way edifying, but for the exact opposite reason: Armageddon got so much wrong that it was a showreel for how space doesn’t work. According to one estimate, the movie contains 168 scientific impossibilities and inaccuracies, which Nasa challenged its recruits to spot; they include space shuttles taking off like planes from asteroids, gravity working the wrong way on space stations and the fanciful notion that a nuclear blast could deflect an asteroid the size of Texas – they’d need a bomb a billion times bigger, physicists calculated. »
- Steve Rose
Technically speaking, Men in Black III was pretty successful in the box office. It did good numbers and generally speaking had decent reveiws behind it as well. Even so, there's been little movement on a fourth film in the franchise, with some initial thoughts being put towards rebooting it with a 21 Jump Street crossover of some kind. Now, it looks like the whole thing will be rebooted as a trilogy.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the producers behind all of the films (and even the old cartoon show), confirmed in an interview with THR, that they are actively developing a new Men in Black film:
You produced Men in Black. Has there been talk of reviving that franchise with the new Sony regime? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Asked if the franchise could be revived with the new regime at Sony, producer Walter Parkes told The Hollywood Reporter: "We're in the middle of it. It's very active."
Quizzed on whether or not Smith would return, he replied: "Most likely no."
Parkes's wife and producing partner Laurie MacDonald added: "It will be reinvented as a trilogy."
Men in Black 4 was originally said to be confirmed in May 2013, but the following month Smith said he was unlikely to return.
"I think three is enough for me," Smith said at the time. "Three of anything is enough for me. We'll look at it and we'll consider it, but »
Sony spent an awful lot of money bringing Men In Black back to the screen a few years’ back. And whilst Men In Black 3 did decent box office, the 2012 feature’s take of $624m worldwide didn’t leave too much to put back in the studio’s coffers by the time all the bills were paid.
Still, with interest in the franchise reawakened, and with Josh Brolin effectively replacing Tommy Lee Jones, it was expected that Men In Black 4 wouldn’t be too far behind. Yet Will Smith is a lot more sequel-phobic right now, having bowed out of Independence Day and Bad Boys follow-ups. And it looks like he’s left Men In Black behind, too.
The Men In Black series really went about as far as they could possibly go. Once you start dipping your toes into the time-travel pool in order to keep things going, it's probably time to move on and do something fresh. And that's the plan with Men In Black III marking the end of the initial pairing of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and now a new trilogy in the works that would reinvent the franchise for the next few years.... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
For awhile now, fans have been wondering exactly what Sony Pictures has planned for the Men in Black franchise. Some believed Men in Black 4 would happen, with Will Smith returning to reprise Agent K. It was also rumored that a Jump Street/Men in Black crossover was moving forward, with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum starring alongside new Mib characters. Now, it has been confirmed by producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald that a full on revival is in development. And it will not involve Will Smith.
The producers, who are married, were speaking with THR about their upcoming Malala documentary when they revealed their plans for one of Sony's most lucrative franchises. What used to be Men in Black 4 will now be a full on revival of the series. And it will be the first of three films with all-new characters. Says Walter F. Parkes about this full-on reboot. »
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