The Men in Black spinoff movie continues to gain momentum, with a new release date and F. Gary Gray eyed to direct.

News Joseph Baxter

Feb 1, 2018

The Men in Black franchise will continue with a spinoff movie that shifts focus away from Will Smith’s Agent J and Tommy Lee Jones’s Agent K to a new generation of suit-sporting enforcers. The script will be written by Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, the duo behind 2008’s Marvel Cinematic Universe-launching Iron Man and the most recent cinematic skirmish of Autobots and Decepticons in 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight – and for what it’s worth, the notorious 2008 Marvel effort, Punisher: War Zone.

F. Gary Gray appears to be Sony and Amblin’s choice to direct the Men in Black spinoff movie, according to Deadline.

Should the reported negotiations with the studios prove successful, then Gray will be bestowed with the herculean task of reviving this most lucrative of film franchises.

This sign of studio confidence is a result Gray’s recent successes, having helmed the eighth film in the Fast franchise in the $1.2 billion-earning The Fate of the Furious, as well as the buzz-heavy Oscar-nominated 2015 NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Additionally, past directorial efforts in 2005’s Be Cool, 2003’s The Italian Job remake and the culture-defining 1995 comedy, Friday, will serve as invaluable genre-crossing experience that Gray will bring into the genre-crossing Men in Black spinoff.

With Gray prospectively serving as skipper, the executive producer roster will also have no shortage of gravitas with Steven Spielberg, who served in that capacity for the original MIB Trilogy. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are also onboard as producers, along with Sony’s David Beaubaire.

The Men in Black franchise was, of course, made famous by the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones-starring trilogy of films, which kicked things off with the 1997 smash summer blockbuster, Men in Black, showcasing a sci-fi spin on the buddy cop formula that achieved success off the chemistry of its two stars. The duo played agents of a space-gadget-armed secret government organization that oversee the arrival and assimilation of interplanetary immigrants in the United States, all while keeping said efforts – as well as the spectacularly obvious extraterrestrial nature of the immigrants – a secret from the general public.

That first effort was followed by two sequels in 2002’s Men in Black II and, a decade later, with 2012’s Men in Black 3 (with time-displaced Smith opposite Josh Brolin, who plays a younger version of Jones’s character). Collectively, the film franchise has globally grossed $1.655 billion, a figure that renders Sony’s reason for the upcoming spinoff effort as glaringly obvious. However, don’t expect Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, or, for that matter, Josh Brolin to return for this franchise-refreshing movie.

Men in Black Spinoff Release Date

The Men in Black spinoff movie, previously scheduled for May 17, 2019, has now moved to June 14, safely putting distancing it from John Wick: Chapter Three, instead putting it up against the debuting Shaft remake.