‘Men In Black 3’ had a rough time at the box office last year. Despite raking in around $625 million worldwide, the third film in the sci-fi comedy franchise starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones had some extremely stiff competition in the forms of Joss Whedon’s ‘The Avengers’ and Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Thanks to those major players, ‘MIB 3’ was largely forgotten by the movie going audience. However, despite not being the talk of the town, $625 million is still $625 million, so it’s no surprise that Sony is looking to continue on with the story of Agents J and K.
According to The Wrap, the studio has hired Oren Uziel to not only handle the scripting duties on ‘Men In Black 4’, but also ’21 Jump Street 2’. The writer appeared on the Hollywood radar when his script ‘The Kitchen Sink’ landed on the 2010 Black List, which is a compilation of the best unproduced screenplays from a particular year. The story follows a human, a zombie, and a vampire as the unlikely partners to defend the Earth from an alien invasion. Robbie Pickering is attached to direct that film and is currently shooting for a Halloween 2014 release.
Not only does Uziel have his original script in the pipeline, he was also hired to co-write the ‘Mortal Kombat’ reboot with director Kevin Tancharoen for New Line, to adapt Chuck Klosterman’s novel ‘Downtown Owl’, and to work on the J.J. Abrams-produced micro-budget film ‘God Particle’ for Paramount.
Plot details for the next installment of the franchise based off of the Lowell Cunningham comic book series from Aircel Comics are currently being held tightly under wraps, but it seems likely that Will Smith will factor into the story somehow.
What do you think a fourth ‘Men In Black’ movie will entail? Are you open to seeing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones don the black suits and sunglasses once again? Share your thoughts in the comments below.