Just when we thought Hollywood is officially done with the “Men in Black” franchise, a 4th film is apparently in the works and they’re calling it a “reinvention” of the series.
How are they going to reinvent it, you ask? Easy. They are just going to develop a female-led “Men in Black” movie.
The original “Men in Black” trilogy is based on “The Men In Black”, the Malibu/Marvel comic book series by Lowell Cunningham.
Will Smith starred in it as Agent J while Tommy Lee Jones starred in it as Agent K. Both agents are from a secret organisation called “Men in Black” and their mission is to supervise extraterrestrial lifeforms who live on Earth and hide their existence from ordinary humans.
The first film was released in 1997 and it grossed over USD589 million worldwide. Its sequel was released in 2002, bringing in over USD440 million worldwide. As for the 3rd film, it hit theatres in 2012 and grossed over USD620 million. All 3 films were directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and produced by Laurie MacDonald and her husband Walter Parkes.
In an interview with BBC‘s Newsbeat, MacDonald said that “there will be a prominent woman in black in the 4th (film)”. While it was previously reported that Smith will not return to the 4th “Men in Black” movie, Parkes said that they will “never count Will (Smith) out”.
The movie is still in early stages of development, but Parkes said:
We sort of looked at the first 3 in retrospect as a bit of a trilogy. We tried to tell a story about those 2 characters and that relationship.
“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,” he added.
In fact, the final scene of the first “Men in Black” movie also teased a new partnership between Smith’s Agent J and Linda Fiorentino‘s Laurel Weaver aka Agent L. Though Agent K, who was supposed to have retired, was brought back to the sequel instead, it’s highly possible that we will be seeing agent L or another female MIB agent as well.
But, what do you think? Will you want to see a woman in black suit armed with advanced weaponry while rocking that signature MIB shades? Who do you think should play the female MIB agent?
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