Because you can’t keep a franchise down, Sony is looking to keep the Men in Black series going with a new director and focus
Deadline reports that Fate of the Furious director F. Gary Gray is in talks to direct a new installment of the semi-popular film series. Based on the Malibu comic book written by Lowell Cunningham with Sandy Carruthers on art, the original three-issue miniseries told the exploits of Agents Kay and Jay as they dealt with supernatural threats to the status quo. In a subsequent miniseries and a number of one-shots, an agent named Ecks learns the truth about the Men in Black and goes rogue. Besides the naming convention and the sleek suits, the series also introduced the neuralyzer; an important device in the film series directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
Going forward, the plan is to introduce new lead agents with Will Smith’s K and Tommy Lee Jones’s J sitting this one out. Deadline likens the scheme to the way Jurassic Park was revitalized in Jurassic World; which made a few references to the original series and its characters while introducing a new main cast. The film currently has a screenplay from Iron Man writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, but one imagines Gray will take another pass at the script should he direct the feature.
And even that’s also presuming he’ll have the time. Sony already has the film slated for a June 14th, 2019 release.