The Men in Black spinoff movie has a new release date.

News Joseph Baxter

Jan 18, 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.

Moreover, the executive producer roster will 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 play 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 alien 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 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.

Previously scheduled for May 17, 2019, it has now moved to June 14th, safely putting some distance between it and John Wick: Chapter Three. Instead it will face off against the Shaft remake.