Sony Lands A May 2019 Release Date For MEN IN BLACK Spin-Off
More than twenty years later and well over $1.6 billion dollars in its wake, the hit Men In Black franchise is gearing up for a new spin-off with the involvement of Iron Man and Transformers: The Last Knight scribes Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. A May 17, 2019 release date has been stamped for the film as a search for a director goes underway following years of efforts that have since led to the currently-shelved ambitious Jumpstreet crossover, MiB 23 which is reportedly still being developed.
Barry Sonnenfeld directed the earlier trilogy headlined by actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as members of a covert organization of black-clad agents who mitigate and monitor Earth's unseen coexistence with aliens while battling extraterrestrial foes. The two actors who have gone on to star in recent titles (i.e. Smith in Suicide Squad and Jones in Jason Bourne) are unlikely to return while the film sets out for a story of its own with new characters and a scope that spans as exemplary as that of Universal's Jurassic World reboot.
Producer Walter F. Parkes confirmed the Men In Black spin-off telling Deadline, "It’s so rare to get to the end of the script and know you’re holding a movie in your hands – but Art and Matt have written a spinoff that somehow is true to the core of the MIB world, and yet expands the franchise to a fresh new place,". Parkes is joined by Laurie MacDonald in producing the film with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer and David Beaubaire overseeing for Sony.