It's been 18 years since the first Men in Black movie hit our screens in 1997 and, over the course of 15 years, an entire trilogy was completed starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the original Galaxy Defenders. With M.I.B 3 finalizing the franchise in 2012, Sony has left that sleeping alien lie for a whole three years before announcing a trilogy reboot...which probably will not star Will Smith.
As the rumors go, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the producers of the original trilogy told The Hollywood Reporter that plans of a revival are "very active" over at Sony and that Will Smith "most likely" will not be involved. Wah. What's the point then? I mean, how can you top this?
Whilst it could be a possibility that the duo cameo in the reboot, back in 2013 Smith told Collider:
“I think three is enough for me. Three of anything is enough for me. We’ll look at it and we’ll consider it, but it feels like that it might be time to let someone else do that.”
Personally I can't imagine any other duo guarding against extra-terrestrial violence, but maybe my perspective is a little selfish. After all, it has been a whole 18 years since the first M.I.B movie (feeling old?), and a whole new generation of movie goers could support a new rising star to helm the franchise.
It's already been revealed that Sony has been moving forward with the reboot, planning to create a crossover between Men in Black and the surprisingly successful 21 Jump Street. It's currently unclear about whether Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will be taking on the role of agents or whether they'll be the infiltrators, either way, this is a real, 'fever dream of a movie,' that will probably be happening at some point.
The Wrap reported:
“21 Jump Street” took aim at reboots, while “22 Jump Street” targeted sequels, so it makes sense that the next “Jump Street” movie will send-up the current trend of Shared Movie Universes by having Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum enter the “Men in Black” universe and investigate aliens.
Weirdly makes sense, I suppose. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, however, have not commented.
Stay tuned to MP for updates.